What Are Some Potential Hazards At a Swimming Pool?
Heading to the pool—whether indoor or outdoor—can be a great way for the entire family to spend the day. Not only is swimming a great form of recreation, but also exercise. However, before you head into the water, there are many potential hazards in and around swimming pools of which you should be aware. Even seemingly insignificant hazards may have the potential to cause serious or even fatal injuries to you or your children.
Pool owners are legally expected to keep the premises reasonably safe to prevent injuries to visitors. When owners fail to do so, the following potential hazards may cause severe injuries:
- Slippery walkways around the pool
- Objects left in walkways that may cause people to trip
- Sharp drain covers or other exposed metal inside the pool
- Inadequate drain covers that do not comply with federal safety laws1
- Failure to post applicable warning signs or depth markers
- Broken ladders or diving boards
- Not having a proper barrier and gate surrounding the pool
- Contaminated water
All of these hazards have the potential to cause serious accidents and injuries to pool patrons. In order to keep your family safe, you should always educate them on the particular dangers of swimming pools. Additionally, keep your eyes open for any possible hazards and address them with the pool owner before anyone gets hurt.
In the unfortunate event that you or a family member does suffer injury at a swimming pool, it is important to notice the condition of the premises. Try to note whether dangerous conditions existed and take photos if possible. This can later serve as evidence in a personal injury case. Also, you should contact an experienced slip and fall attorney in Alpharetta as soon as possible.
How a lawyer can help
An experienced PI lawyer can help evaluate your situation and determine whether you have a valid legal claim against a pool owner or another negligent party. An attorney can then guide you through every step of the legal process from petition to settlement to trial if necessary. Please do not hesitate to call the office of Boling Rice, LLC at (770) 355-0780 for a free consultation today.