Diving boards and waterslides make excellent additions to any swimming pool and create another element of fun when properly installed and maintained. Defects in the quality of the materials used, poor maintenance or poor design can all contribute to a pool accident following the collapse of the structure or a slip or fall off of the platform. Illinois swimming pool law dictates that diving boards and waterslides pass a structural integrity evaluation performed by a qualified engineer and the failure of a pool owner to have these structures properly tested can render him or her liable for any injury that results from a defective swimming pool structure.
Swimming Pool Code
Diving boards and waterslides must pass an inspection from a certified engineer prior to use and the pool must also meet all of the requirements enumerated in Illinois swimming pool code. These requirements include the use of material that is slip resistant, easy to clean and capable of bearing the weight of its occupants. Failure to meet these standards can render the owner liable for any injuries that result from defective pool structures.
Injuries Caused by Diving Board or Waterslide Accidents
Diving boards and waterslides that are not made from slip resistant materials pose a slip and fall risk that threatens pool safety and may be the cause of numerous injuries that require hospitalization. Illinois law requires that diving boards have rails installed to prevent pool goers from accidentally falling off the board while walking on it, which can cause the person to become injured by landing awkwardly or striking the ground or another surface.
A similar threat of accident is posed by waterslides that do not have slip resistant material on the steps leading to the top of the slide. Finally, the structures themselves can pose a risk if they fail to bear the weight of the person or child that is using the structure.
Common injuries that result from defective diving boards or waterslides include the following.
- Injuries to the neck and spine
- Brain damage caused by lack of oxygen for an extended period
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a diving board or waterslide defect, it is important to review your legal options with an attorney who has experience litigating cases similar to yours. If after an evaluation of the circumstances of your case, it is determined steps could have been taken to prevent your accident, you may be entitled to damages in the amount of your medical bills, pain and suffering and any lost wages. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers look after the rights of people injured in an around Illinois swimming pools. Our team will fight in your best interests to collect every bit of compensation that is owed to you by law.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a pool accident attorney who will examine the details of your case, thoroughly explain your rights and guide you through the next steps of your case. During your consultation, your lawyer will cover the entire process with you so that there are no surprises and you know exactly what to expect.