For many, one of the most enjoyable parts of summer is going for a dip in a swimming pool. Unfortunately, swimming pools can also be dangerous, and in some cases, even deadly. If you were injured or a loved one died while visiting a public swimming pool, waterpark, resort, hotel, or other establishment, you may have grounds for a legal claim against the liable party. You may be entitled to damages for medical bills, funeral costs, lost income or financial support, and more.
Injuries from Swimming Pool Accidents
When a party’s negligence leads to an injury, the injured person may be able to file a personal injury claim and recover financial compensation for damages like emergency room and hospital bills, medication, and lost wages from missed work. The injured person may also be entitled to compensation for non-financial losses such as his or her lost quality of life, physical pain, and disfigurement.
Tragically, some swimming pool accidents are deadly. If your loved one drowned or otherwise passed away in a swimming pool accident, you may be able to hold the at-fault party responsible through a civil claim called a wrongful death claim. Taking legal action against the liable party may provide your family with a sense of justice as well as provide restitution for expenses
Avoidable pool-related injuries and deaths may stem from:
Slip and fall hazards
Poor staff training
Inadequate lifeguard supervision
Defective or dangerous equipment
Unsafe drains, pumps, suction lines, or other pool parts
Liability for a Swimming Pool Death or Injury
The party who is legally responsible for a swimming pool death will depend on many different factors. If the accident occurred at a private residence, the homeowner’s insurance company may be the party that is ultimately responsible for damages. If the accident occurred at a business such as a resort or amusement park, the company may be liable for damages through a premises liability claim. If the accident was caused by defective equipment or consumer products that were inherently unsafe, the company that designed or manufactured the defective product may be to blame. A personal injury lawyer can investigate the circumstances of the pool accident and determine who may be liable for damages.
Contact a Barrington Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a swimming pool accident, contact a Cook County injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to damages. Call 847-381-8700 for a free, confidential consultation.