Summer is here and it is important to keep in mind the various risks involved with swimming pools and understand your rights if you were injured in one as a result of a property owner’s negligence. Read on and reach out to our skilled slip and fall attorneys to learn more.
How do swimming pool accidents occur in Pennsylvania?
Recognize that in the state of Pennsylvania, pool owners have a responsibility to make sure that they keep their premises safe at all times. In the event that a pool owner fails to make their property safe, serious accidents can happen and the property owner can be held liable. Pool owners should be sure to take the following measures to ensure safety:
- 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
- Stay away from drains and ensure pools have drain covers
- Install appropriate barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around your pool
- Store away any portable ladders to the pool when it is not being used. Occasionally, small children who cannot swim are drawn to pools. If the ladder is removed safely, it can stop the child from climbing into the pool and harming themselves.
- It can be helpful to know how to perform CPR in the event that someone is drowning
- Swim sober
- Advise swimmers of shallow areas where they cannot dive
- Do not permit electronic devices near the poor to evade electrocution
Can I pursue legal action after a swimming pool accident?
After an accident ensues, it is important that you acquire as much evidence as possible to strengthen your chances of succeeding in a personal injury claim. If you can, please do the following after your accident:
- Call 911 – The police will send an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report.
- Receive contact information from any witnesses to the accident. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to confirm your version of events which can play a large role in a personal injury case.
- Take photos and videos of the dangerous conditions that drove your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for a copy of any applicable medical documents leading to the origin and severity of your injuries.
- Hire the services of a skilled Pennsylvania personal injury attorney to help you gather more evidence that can be critical to your claim.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania has set a two-year statute of limitations for which an injured party may take legal action. This suggests that if you do not file a legal claim within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose the chance to retrieve the compensation you need to move forward. Reach out to our firm today to ensure you are filing your claim on time.
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