Unfortunately, swimming pool accidents occur more often than you may think in the sunshine state, especially during these summer months. So, before taking the plunge, you must brief yourself on the proper safety guidelines to abide by. But if you happen to receive an unnecessary injury brought on by the property owner’s negligence, read on to find out how a seasoned Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer at Merricks Law Group can work with you to file a premises liability claim.
What are swimming pool safety tips that I should follow to avoid an accident?
Below is a comprehensive list of safety tips you should abide by to avoid any injuries, damages, and accidents:
- Ensure that you and everyone else swimming are aware of where the shallow parts of the pool start and stop, to avoid these spots when diving.
- Ensure that you never leave a minor child unattended in or around the pool.
- Ensure that someone present on the property is trained to perform CPR if necessary.
- Ensure that you and everyone else do not swim while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Ensure that electronic devices are not placed near the pool.
- Ensure that the proper covers, alarms, barriers, and fencing is surrounding the pool.
- Ensure that the pool has drain covers.
- Ensure that you and everyone else swimming can swim properly if the pool is too deep to stand comfortably in.
- Ensure that you stow away the portable latter when the pool is not in use so that minor children do not have access.
Can I receive compensation for my swimming pool accident?
If you were injured in a swimming pool due to hazardous conditions brought on by the property owner, you are due compensation via a premises liability claim. To establish your grounds for this claim, you must satisfy the burden of proof and successfully argue that your accident was a direct result of the pool owner’s failure to ensure the lawful standard of care and safety of the swimming pool. Such proof can be photos and videos of the scene of the accident, medical documentation and medical bills relating to your treatment after the accident, a copy of the police report written up at the scene, and witness testimonies, among other documentation.
The statute of limitations for a premises liability claim in Florida is typically four years from the date of your accident. So, consult with a Tampa personal injury lawyer as immediately as possible. We can pick up the pieces and help you gather further evidence, such as surveillance camera footage.
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