While most people associate swimming pools with fun in the sun, it is important to know that swimming pools are commonly one of the most recurring elements of lawsuits based on what is known as the attractive nuisance doctrine. An attractive nuisance is typically some kind of dangerous condition on a person’s property that could particularly attract small children onto the land and pose a risk to their safety.
Children are not the only people who can be harmed in swimming pools. In fact, adults regularly suffer serious injuries in swimming pool accidents. Many victims are dismayed to be injured and confused about what rights they have to recover compensation in these cases. In the event that you have been injured in a swimming pool accident, you should call a New Orleans personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
Common Swimming Pool Injuries
Swimming pools can involve a wide range of possible injuries, some of which are minor to ones that can be completely life-changing or even fatal. Some of the most common kinds of swimming pool injuries generally include:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Broken bones
- Diving board injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
A swimming pool injury generally results in some kind of premises liability action in which a victim seeks compensation from a property owner for not warning them about potential dangers or failing to safely take care of their pools. You need to keep in mind that a premises liability claim can involve three different kinds of property entrants:
- Invitees are people who were expressly invited onto property and are owed the highest duty of care.
- Licensees are also invited onto property, but not for the benefit of the property owner. A property owner still needs to notify a licensee about known hazards, but there is no specific duty to inspect the premises before allowing a licensee to enter.
- Trespassers have no right to be on property and are owed no duty of care, although a property owner cannot deliberately attempt to injure the trespasser.
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
One major consideration in any swimming pool lawsuit will concern whether a pool where the accident took place was private or public. A private pool is owned by an individual, while a public pool is typically owned by a local government.
Some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents include:
- Failure to maintain pools
- Drain entrapment
- Defective or missing pool equipment
- Lack of safety equipment
- Damaged diving boards or ladders
- Faulty gates or fences
- Inadequate pool depth markers
- Improperly trained staff
- Lack of supervision
- Poor lighting
Victims of swimming pool accidents can be entitled to many different kinds of compensation for their injuries. Premises liability cases can be incredibly complex and stressful, so anybody who was harmed in a swimming pool should retain legal counsel.
Call Us Today to Speak with a New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer
Egenberg Trial Lawyers is an experienced team of trial attorneys who have a record of success in all kinds of personal injury actions. We can discuss your swimming pool injury case with you and outline what might be possible when you call (504) 229-2853 or contact us online to schedule a completely free initial consultation.