While our Florida pools are a great place to cool down, have fun, and relax, they can be very dangerous, especially if they are not well maintained or supervised. Thousands of people get injured each year in Florida, either in or around a pool, and some of the injuries can be very serious.
When pool injuries are the result of negligence on the part of the person or organization responsible for maintaining the pool, hurt individuals may be able to recover damages for their injuries by filing a Florida personal injury claim. In fact, with help from an experienced premises liability attorney, victims of a pool accident may be able to collect significant compensation for their injuries.
Causes of Pool Accidents
People get hurt in an around pools in many different ways, often because they are being reckless and diving off an inappropriate place or running and falling on a wet, slippery surface. However, if a pool injury occurs because the pool and pool area are in a state of disrepair, emergency safety equipment is not available (at public pools), there are hidden obstructions in or around the pool, or it wasn’t obvious that a pool was not suitable for diving, then you may have a premises liability case.
Unsafe conditions that could lead to pool accidents include:
- Unusually slippery surfaces
- Broken diving boards and pool ladders
- Cracked pool decks or objects on the pool deck
- Faulty flotation devices
- Unsafe storage of chemicals
Common Pool Accident Injuries
Pool accident injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to serious bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Serious pool accident injuries can require lengthy hospitalizations and therapy, whereas extremely serious cases can require long-term care.
As with any serious injury, medical and care expenses quickly mount and can become unmanageable. If the injury prevents you from going to work, lost wages and the possibility of losing your job compound the problem.
Pool Accident Cases
As I’ve said already, people who own a pool are not always responsible for injuries that occur at their pool. However, if you didn’t trespass and the cause of your injury was not obvious to you before the accident occurred, the owner could be held liable through a premises liability case.
The results of the case could include recovering damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The amount of damages recovered will depend on the seriousness of the injury, whether or not the case is settled out of court or goes before a jury, and other factors.
Contact an Experienced Orlando Personal Injury Attorney
In most cases, a pool accident victim needs an experienced personal injury attorney to help them obtain the settlement or award they want and need. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Malilk Law are dedicated to helping you recover the maximum amount for your injuries. Call us today at 407-500-100 or submit our form online to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.