How Do Swimming Pool Accidents Occur in Pennsylvania?

It is important to keep in mind the dangers of swimming pools before this upcoming Labor Day weekend. Swimming pool accidents can cause serious physical, emotional, and financial damage to an injured party. If you were injured as a result of another’s negligence, you may be entitled to relief. Contact our firm and speak with one of our skilled Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to discuss your case.

What are the common causes of swimming pool accidents in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, pool owners have a duty to ensure that they keep their grounds safe at all times. If a pool owner fails to make their property safe, serious accidents can occur and the property owner can be held responsible. Pool owners should be sure to take the following precautions:

  • Install proper barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around your pool
  • Never leave a child unattended in the water or near it
  • If the pool is deep and guests cannot stand, ensure that they are able to swim properly
  • Stay away from drains and ensure pools have drain covers
  • Stowaway any portable ladders to the pool when it is not being used. Sometimes, small children who cannot swim are attracted to pools. If the ladder is removed safely, it can prevent the child from climbing into the pool and harming themselves.
  • It can be beneficial to know how to perform CPR in the event that someone is drowning
  • Swim sober
  • Inform swimmers of shallow areas where they cannot dive
  • Do not allow electronic devices near the poor to avoid electrocution

Can I pursue legal action after a swimming pool accident?

After an accident occurs, it is crucial that you obtain as much evidence as possible to bolster your chances of succeeding in a personal injury claim. If you are able, please do the following after your accident:

  • Call 911 –  The police will dispatch an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report.
  • Obtain contact information from any witnesses to the accident. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to verify your version of events which can play a large role in a personal injury case.
  • Take pictures and videos of the dangerous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents leading to the origin and severity of your injuries.
  • Retain an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney to help you collect more evidence that can be key to your claim.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has imposed a two-year statute of limitations for which an injured party may take legal action. This means that if you do not file a legal claim within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose the opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today to ensure you are filing your case promptly.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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