Swimming pools are a great source of fun in the summer months, but swimming pool accidents can cause devastating injury or death.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a private or public pool, find out who should be held responsible. A personal injury lawyer at Fieger Law can help you determine who is responsible and how much you should receive in compensation.
Pool Owner Liability
Premises liability law holds property owners or their tenants responsible for accidents due to unsafe conditions. Swimming pools are considered an “attractive nuisance” that attracts people, especially children.
When property owners have a pool, they have a duty of care to anyone entering the premises to provide a safe environment. That means pool owners must take precautions for trespassers and social guests. Pool owners must take reasonable care to:
- Make sure that the pool is safe for swimmers
- Take precautions to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the pool, including a fence, barrier, or pool covers
- Maintain the pool in good condition
- Warn trespassers about the dangers of the pool
- Post signs warning of the risks of the pool
If the pool owners have used a slippery surface for the pool deck, not maintained a clean pool, or have improper signage regarding the risks of using the pool, they can be held liable for any injuries you or a loved one incurs.
Contact the legal team at Fieger Law to hold public or private property owners accountable for injuries received on their property due to their negligence in caring for the pool as required by Michigan law.
Types of Swimming Pool Injuries
Moderate to severe injuries sustained at a swimming pool require medical treatment. If these injuries result from negligent behavior on the part of the pool owner, you should seek compensation with the help of a pool injury lawyer at Fieger Law.
Pool injuries include drowning or near-drowning, diving or water slide injuries, falls, and electrical malfunctions.
Drowning or near-drowning
Drownings in swimming pools are the second leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 14 in the U.S. Accidental drownings can happen due to inadequate supervision, drain entrapment, or pool toy accidents. Near-drowning can cause brain damage if the victim is deprived of oxygen for too long.
Diving and sliding injuries
Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and lacerations are the most common injuries caused by water slides and diving into shallow water or off a diving board. Severe lacerations cause blood loss and may require surgery. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries can result in permanent cognitive damage.
Falls caused by slipping on a slick surface can cause deep lacerations, broken bones, and head injuries. These injuries require medical attention and rehabilitation. If your injury is caused by a pool owner’s failure to maintain safe conditions, you should not have to pay for these medical bills.
Electrical shorts or frayed wires in wet areas pose a risk of electrocution, which causes injuries ranging from burns to cardiac arrest. The pool owner must ensure all electrical elements meet safety requirements to protect guests at their pool or be held liable.
Improper water maintenance
When the chemical levels are not adequately maintained, or the owner uses defective cleaning equipment, chemical burns and bacterial infections can occur.
The Michigan premises liability lawyers at Fieger Law can help you get a fair settlement for your injuries. We understand the complex nature of premises liability cases and can help you navigate Michigan’s premises liability laws regarding accidents on a pool owner’s property.
How a Personal Injury Attorney at Our Law Firm Can Help
Personal injury lawyers have experience holding pool owners accountable for negligence. We can take the burden off you as the accident victim and work on your behalf to prove the pool owner acted negligently and that their actions directly led to your accident and subsequent injuries.
The legal team at Fieger Law knows how to calculate damages, including non-financial damages like loss of enjoyment of life. We also investigate the facts of the accident, interview eyewitnesses, gather a network of expert witnesses, negotiate with insurance companies, and take your case to trial if needed.
Contact the swimming pool injury attorneys at Fieger Law so we can use our legal knowledge and experience to help you win your claim and maximize the damages you receive.
Contact Our Law Firm for a Free Consultation Today
Fieger Law accepts cases from anywhere in the U.S. We have been fighting for our clients’ rights to receive financial compensation for injuries due to carelessness, recklessness, or negligence for more than 70 years, and we will fight to get you fair compensation.
Contact Fieger Law today for your free, no-obligation case evaluation if you or someone you love has suffered a swimming pool injury.