Enjoy Swimming Pools but Watch Out for Slippery Surfaces

Swimming pools can be enjoyed 365 days a year with Hawaii’s spectacular weather. Whether indoor or outdoor, swimming pools and hot tubs offer great family fun as well as healthy exercise.

While enjoying the pool, remember that the area around the pool is usually wet from people walking and splashing. Any wet, hard surface such as tile, concrete or decking can be very slippery. No matter how cautious you may be, accidents do happen, and there are hundreds of injuries from swimming pool slip and falls each year.

Types of Slip and Fall Injuries Around Pools

Pool AccidentSlip and fall injuries can be serious and disabling. Some common injuries are:

  • Bone fractures
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Sprains
  • Concussions and other head injuries
  • Back and spinal cord injuries

These can range from short-term care to partial or total disability, even death.

Owner Responsibility

Whether public or private, a pool owner has the responsibility to make the pool and surrounding area as safe as possible:

  • Surfaces should be kept free of pooled water
  • Algae should be cleaned
  • Broken or missing tile or decking should be clearly marked and quickly repaired
  • Temporary hazards such as food or drink spills must be corrected immediately
  • Handrails, ladders and diving boards must be secure and in good working order

Could the pool owner have been negligent, and responsible for your injuries? Were the pool and surrounding surfaces properly maintained? A careful, thorough examination of the circumstances of your fall by an attorney experienced in swimming pool slip and fall accidents could determine that the owner is responsible.

You may be reluctant to pursue legal action if the accident occurred at the home of a friend. However, they have the same responsibility for your safety while using their swimming pool as an owner of a public facility.

Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

It’s important to consult with a personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool slip and fall accident. Our attorneys are experienced in these types of accidents, and will analyze the facts about your fall and how your injuries are impacting you and your family.

Based on the severity of your injuries, you may be faced with substantial expenses in the future, including costs of:

  • Ongoing medical care and physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Medical supplies and equipment such as a wheelchair
  • Home modifications
  • Nursing care
  • Lost wages

Our firm will analyze your case and discuss the best solution with you, and then assist you and your family through the process of a personal injury lawsuit. Our goal will be to get you the maximum compensation for your injury.

Pool time should be fun time, but sometimes may unfortunately result in injuries. Reach out for an attorney qualified in swimming pool slip and fall cases if you or a loved one has been injured by this type of accident.

 

 

 

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