Summer is upon us, so more and more people will be heading to public, private, hotel, and amusement park pools to escape the heat. Unfortunately, that also means more people will be injured due to unsafe conditions and inadequate supervision at swimming pools across Houston.
Here, we’ll discuss some common causes of swimming pool accidents and injuries and what you can do if you or someone close to you has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence.
Common Swimming Pool Hazards in Houston
Some of the most common hazards in Houston swimming pools include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Diving board accidents
- Reckless or intentionally harmful conduct by others
These hazards could cause swimmers to suffer severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, neck and back injuries, broken or fractured bones, drowning, and other injuries.
Common Causes of Swimming Pool Injuries
Many things can cause swimming pool injuries, but the property owner’s negligence often plays a role.
Some of the most frequent causes of swimming pool injuries are:
- Lack of safety equipment
- Negligent supervision
- Inadequate lighting
- Defective, damaged, or absent pool ladders
- Failure to maintain a pool
- Improper drains
- Lack of safety markings
- Malfunctioning or defective diving boards
- Improperly trained pool staff
- Improper signage
- Lack of barriers to the pool
If you or your child were injured in a swimming pool accident caused by a negligent property owner, you have a legal right to hold the negligent party accountable.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Swimming Pool Accident?
Texas premises liability law dictates that property owners have a duty to prevent harm to visitors on their property. If a hazard exists and the owner knows or reasonably should know about it, the owner is required to address it or put up signs warning of the risk. If the owner fails to take action and someone is injured, they can be held liable through a premises liability claim.
Premises liability laws protect “invitees,” or visitors to the property, “licensees,” such as contractors and delivery people, and trespassing children in certain circumstances. Premises liability laws generally do not protect adult trespassers. However, if a property owner fails to secure their swimming pool, and a young child accesses the pool and suffers injuries, the property owner could be liable.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You Seek Compensation
Working with a seasoned swimming pool accident lawyer can significantly improve your chances of obtaining a positive outcome.
If you hire our team to handle your case, we will:
- Quickly gather and preserve evidence
- Speak to witnesses
- Obtain copies of your medical records to prove the accident caused your injuries
- Document the economic and non-economic losses you suffered
- Identify the liable party and build a strong case
- Negotiate with the liability insurance provider on your behalf
- Take your case to trial, if a settlement cannot be reached
Depending upon the damages you suffered, you could be entitled to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses.