When enjoying the use of a swimming pool, the last thing that you are anticipating is to experience an accident. The failure of pool operators to address known swimming pool defects results in degraded pool safety and increased risk of injury to those who use the facility. When defective materials or equipment is deemed to be a contributor to a pool accident, it is important to explore your legal options with an experienced pool accident attorney so that the pool operator is held liable for the cost of your medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Common Pool Design and Maintenance Defects
Illinois swimming pool law requires pool operators to maintain their facilities and provide safety measures to prevent slips, falls and injuries that can occur while the pool is unattended. Common pool defects that can cause injuries requiring hospitalization include the following.
- Defective pool gates that fail to keep children out of the facility after closing.
- Structures that do not meet their load bearing requirements.
- Old, broken or defective drains that pose a risk of entrapment and drowning due to suction.
- Surfaces that lack slip resistant material designed to prevent falls.
- Diving boards that lack proper railings to prevent divers from falling from the diving board while walking to the end of it.
- Unmonitored levels of chemicals that may cause injury to swimmers.
It is the responsibility of the pool owner or operator to bring any defective equipment or structures up to the Illinois pool code and a failure to do so can make the owner or operator liable for any injuries sustained due to the defects.
Severe Injuries Caused by Swimming Pool & Spa Defects
Defective pools have the potential to cause serious and life threatening injury to pool goers— especially if they are children. Common injuries that result from pool defects include paralysis caused by trauma to the head and spine, fractured bones caused by slips or falls, adverse reactions to elevated chemical levels, drowning or death. Defective structures have the potential to fall onto swimmers, causing injuries or trapping victims beneath the surface.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are pool accident attorneys who work tirelessly to protect the interests of the injured. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a pool defect and the pool operator had prior knowledge of the defect and its threat to the safety of the pool’s visitors, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of your medical bills, time off of work, pain and suffering and ongoing medical care for an injury that affects your quality of life.
Contact us today for a free consultation with an accident attorney to review the details of your case and learn more about your legal rights and options. During the evaluation of your case we will explain the process of litigation to you so that you know what to expect and how we will proceed with your case. We are confident in our ability to fight for what you are entitled and will only require payment for our services if we win or settle your case.