Seattle Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer
Swimming pools offer fun and recreation, especially when trying to cool off on a hot day. But a swimming pool can quickly turn dangerous if it is not properly managed and maintained. Many pool operators do not take adequate precautions to protect members of the public from known safety hazards–and the result is often serious injury or even death.
If you, or someone you love, has been harmed while visiting a swimming pool, you may have a legal claim for compensation against the pool operator. A qualified Seattle swimming pool accident lawyer can review your case and advise you of your rights in this situation. At the Emerald Law Group, we represent many swimming pool accident victims and their families in seeking appropriate damages from negligent pool owners.
Swimming Pool Accidents Can Have Catastrophic Consequences for Victims and Their Families
Anyone who operates a pool–including a public parks authority, amusement park, or even a private homeowner–needs to exercise reasonable care in maintaining that pool for the safety of their invited guests. This does not mean that every swimming pool accident is the owner’s fault. But it does mean that a pool operator can be held legally responsible for their negligent or reckless acts that lead to a preventable accident.
Some of the more common swimming pool accident scenarios that we assist clients with include:
- Drownings. Even when a drowning is not fatal, it can still leave the victim with life-altering injuries, notably permanent brain damage.
- Slip and falls. Many swimming pool accidents do not actually occur in the pool; instead they involve slip and falls on the deck surrounding the pool due to wet conditions.
- Defective pool equipment. A broken diving board or pool ladder can lead to a catastrophic injury, such as spinal cord damage or paralysis. Similarly, a lack of protective barriers near filters can lead to suction force accidents.
- Chemical injuries. If a pool operator fails to maintain a proper balance of chemicals in the pool (like chlorine), it can lead to chemical burns and contamination-related injuries.
Another scenario that often arises in swimming pool accident cases is the legal concept of an “attractive nuisance.” Normally, a person who trespasses on private property cannot file a personal injury lawsuit if they are hurt on the trespassed property. But swimming pool operators may still be held liable if they fail to take adequate steps to secure their property. For example, if a child sneaks into an unlocked pool and injures themselves, the parents may have a viable personal injury claim against the pool owner.
Contact Emerald Law Today
Swimming pool accidents frequently lead to fatal or catastrophic injuries. The victims and their families may therefore have a substantial claim for damages against a negligent pool owner. A skilled Seattle swimming pool accidents lawyer can represent you in seeking potential damages. So if you need to speak with an attorney, contact the Emerald Law Group today to schedule an initial consultation.