More than half a million slip and fall accidents send people to the hospital every year in North America. Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of death and disability – just behind car accidents. These types of accidents are especially common around swimming pools and water parks and can cause lacerations, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and even death. Fortunately, most slip and fall accidents are preventable. With a few simple precautions, days at the pool can be safe and fun for everyone.
Slip and fall hazards around the pool
Any wet surface presents a slip and fall hazard. It goes without saying that the concrete, wood, tile, or grass around a swimming pool are usually wet as swimmers track water in and out of the pool. Wet surfaces are conducive for the growth of mold and algae, which can make flooring even more slippery. Slip and fall accidents adjacent to pools additionally present a drowning hazard for people who fall in the water and do not know how to swim or become incapacitated and unable to swim to safety.
Preventing slip and fall accidents near the pool
There are a few things property owners should do to prevent slip and fall accidents in the pool area. First, signs should be posted warning visitors of the risk of falls. Running in pool areas or water parks should never be permitted. Surfaces surrounding pools need efficient drainage to prevent water from pooling. Handrails and non-slip tape or mats are useful in preventing slips and falls in wet areas. Proper ventilation prevents the growth of slippery mold and algae on surfaces. Barriers such as self-latching gates prevent children from accessing pools without supervision. Proper lighting helps with visibility around pools. Every pool should be supervised at all times.
Premises liability and pool accidents
Swimming pool slip and fall accidents often fall under premises liability law. Premises liability means that a pool owner who fails to properly maintain or supervise their facility can be held responsible for injuries that visitors sustain. This applies to residential, private, and public pools. Generally, pool owners are responsible for making sure their pool is reasonably safe for use.
Laws regarding the degree of care with which pool owners owe “entrants” varies by state. In states that distinguish between types of entrants, they are considered: invitees, licensees, or trespassers. Premises liability law can be complicated. Therefore, slip and fall accident victims should contact a knowledgeable Chester County slip and fall lawyer to discuss their case.
Chester County Slip and Fall Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Guests Injured in Pool Slip and Fall Accidents
Determining who is liable for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident at a residential or public pool can be challenging. The experienced premises liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC know what pool owners are required to do to keep guests safe. If your injuries cost you your job, your income, medical bills, or pain and suffering, you may have some legal recourse. Schedule a free consultation with a skilled Chester County slip and fall lawyer by calling 215-569-8488 or completing an online contact form. With offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, we are proud to serve clients throughout the tri-state area.