Help for People Injured at Private and Public Pools
Going swimming is a great way to relax and get some exercise, especially on a warm summer day. But owning a swimming pool comes with a number of responsibilities here in Denver, and when someone fails to take their responsibilities as a pool owner seriously, the results can be catastrophic.
If you or a loved one has suffered a swimming pool injury, then take action today. After a serious accident, it may be difficult to think of things like lawsuits and compensation, but it can be an important part of the healing process and help with major expenses.
Call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC at (303) 502-5587 to talk about what happened with a top Denver premises liability lawyer. Your initial consultation is free, and if we represent you, we charge no fees until we get the compensation you deserve.
Types of Swimming Pool Injuries
There are many different ways in which a person, especially a child, can be harmed around a pool. These include:
- Slips and falls – These common injuries are caused by wet surfaces. Pool owners should take extra measures to prevent falls, whether by posting signs and having lifeguards enforce them, or using materials to keep the pool deck surface from getting slippery when wet.
- Impact with others – One person landing on another can cause serious injuries. Supervisors at a pool must ensure people are not in each other’s way during organized activities.
- Exposure to chemicals – Chlorine and other pool cleaners can be dangerous in the wrong setting or dosage. All such chemicals must be kept in proper containers, out of the reach of the public.
- Diving injuries – Everyone at a pool must be informed of where it is and is not safe to dive. People who dive into shallow water can suffer traumatic brain injuries from slamming into the bottom of the pool, or suffer spinal cord injuries due to neck compression.
- Drowning or near-drowning – Even if a drowning accident does not result in someone’s death, the lack of oxygen can still cause lifelong brain damage.
The most tragic swimming accidents take the life of a loved one. Children are particularly at risk of drowning in pools. That is why all pools in Denver are required by law to have fences around them designed to keep children out, with locking gates of appropriate height. Any pool owner who fails to maintain a fence and gate, or makes it easy to climb over such a fence, can be held responsible in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Negligence and Liability
In general, the owner of a swimming pool – whether private or public – is responsible for making sure the pool and area around it are safe to use. This includes things like eliminating trip and slip hazards, making sure the fence is of proper height and working well, and storing dangerous chemicals appropriately. Failure to take these actions can be considered negligence, making that pool owner liable for any swimming pool injuries that occur.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury at a pool in Denver, you may deserve compensation for what happened. Before dealing with an insurance company or accepting a small payout, make sure you are represented by an experienced personal injury attorney. Call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (303) 502-5587 to set up your free, confidential consultation.