Lifeguards are tasked with the safety of pool visitors and must meet stringent qualifications to be certified. When they fail to take their duties seriously, pool accidents occur that may have otherwise been avoided had the negligent lifeguard performed his or her duty. Whenever an accident that results in hospitalization or drowning occurs, it is essential to examine the lifeguards’ roles in the incident carefully and whether proper actions were taken to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries.
Failure to Meet Certification Requirements
Illinois swimming pool law dictates that lifeguards must be certified through the American Red Cross, YMCA, National Pool and Waterpark training program or another similar but qualified entity. Lifeguards must be identified as such and have the authority to remove people from the premises who endanger the safety of others. If the pool owner hires a lifeguard without the proper certification to respond appropriately to accidents, any person who is injured as a result has the right to be compensated for the cost of any related medical care or pain and suffering.
Failure to Perform Duties
Lifeguards must remain on the watch unless relieved of duty by another lifeguard and leaving one’s post unattended can have disastrous consequences. Swimming pool injuries can occur in moments and the inability of a lifeguard to respond quickly can result in the drowning or severe harm of a pool-goer. If a lifeguard is distracted with other duties that prevent him or her from being able to pay attention to the swimming pool area, the lifeguard and pool owner may both be liable for any accidents that occur while the lifeguard is distracted.
The High Cost of Medical Care Associated With Injuries Sustained Due To Lifeguard Negligence
Due to the nature of many swimming pool injuries, medical care can be expensive and ongoing. If a child is injured and unable to swim to safety, the negligence of a lifeguard can mean the difference between a quick rescue and a lifetime of medical care due to brain damage caused by an extended period of depleted oxygen. If the injury results in the death of the victim, the family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation due to a wrongful death claim based on negligence.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are pool accident attorneys that have extensive experience protecting the interests of those who have been harmed by the negligence of pool owners or staff members. If you or a loved one was injured in a pool accident and you believe that the accident could have been prevented contact us today so that we can give your case a thorough evaluation.
During your free consultation, your lawyer will explain all of your legal options to you and answer any questions and concerns that you may have. We are confident enough in our abilities to serve your needs that your accident attorney will never require a fee unless he or she can win or settle your case on your behalf.