Although a pool day is a fun activity to do, there are some risks involved. Unfortunately, swimming pool accidents commonly occur during the summer months in New Jersey. Continue reading to learn the common causes of accidents and how a seasoned Parsippany, New Jersey personal injury lawyer at The Macri Law Group can fight on your behalf for compensation for your damages.
What are the common causes of swimming pool accidents in New Jersey?
Usually, swimming pool accidents occur due to a pool owner’s negligence. As the property owner, they have a responsibility to ensure their property is safe for all those who enter it. But sadly, this is not always the case. Below are common examples of how their neglect can lead to an accident:
- They fail to supervise all minor children swimming in the pool or fail to provide them with floatation devices.
- They fail to install all compliant drains and all necessary fences, barriers, and alarms.
- They fail to put out wet floor signs.
- They allow those swimming in the pool to use electronic devices.
- They allow those swimming in the pool to consume alcohol or drugs.
What should I do if I was involved in a swimming pool accident?
If you received an injury or any other damages from a swimming accident caused by a pool owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation via a premises liability claim. With your claim, you must provide sufficient evidence that your injuries are directly tied to the accident so that your burden of proof can be fulfilled. To gather your evidence, it is in your best interest to take the following approach:
- Call 911: the law enforcement officer will call an ambulance to the scene on your behalf. They will also file a police report, which you should obtain a copy of after the fact.
- Collect the witnesses’ contact information: later on, they may be asked to provide witness testimony to confirm your side of the story.
- Take pictures and videos of the scene: this documentation should include your injuries and other damages, along with any hazardous conditions that caused your accident.
- Attend to immediate medical treatment: receive proper aid at the scene, but also go to any necessary follow-up treatments. You should retain copies of any relevant medical documents pointing to the origin and severity of your injuries, along with your medical bills.
- Hire a knowledgeable Morris County personal injury lawyer: we will help you gather any outstanding evidence, such as security camera footage. You must contact us before the statute of limitations expires, which, in New Jersey, is two years from the date of your accident.
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