There’s nothing like a dip in the pool to cool off on a warm summer’s day, but swimming pools can pose a serious safety hazard. Some types of swimming pool injuries that may result in a personal injury claim include:
- Traumatic brain injury from hitting one’s head after a dive
- Spinal cord injuries from diving into shallow water
- Disembowelment due to the suction force from a faulty drain cover
- Drowning or near drowning caused by a lack of supervision
Backyard swimming pools must have adequate barriers, such as four-sided fences and self-latching, self-closing gates, to prevent entry when they are not being used. Pool owners have a responsibility to do everything within their power to ensure that the pool is reasonably safe to use by performing all required maintenance and safety checks. If they fail to do so, they may be held responsible for their guest’s injuries.
Pools that are open to the public are required to have trained lifeguards on duty to provide assistance to swimmers. If a lifeguard is not on duty, signs must be clearly posted indicating that swimmers are using the pool at their own risk. Water depths must also be clearly marked to prevent swimmers from accidentally diving into shallow portions of the pool.
In both private and public pools, special care must be taken to ensure the safety of children who are too young to realize the potential dangers associated with pool usage. Swimmers under the age of 18 must be supervised at all times. Failure to provide proper supervision leads to liability for the injuries that may occur.
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Based in Whitby/Oshawa and Vaughan, Conte & Associates is committed to helping victims of swimming pool accidents receive the compensation they deserve. Please contact Conte & Associates at 1.877.614.0008 to schedule a consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.