If you or one of your loved ones is injured at an aquatic center or public swimming pool, you may have a reason to believe that the property owner could have prevented the accident from happening. Swimming pools have the potential to be very dangerous, both in and out of the water. Wet floors can present slipping hazards, and the depth of the water can create a risk of drowning and related injuries for those who are not strong swimmers. Other faults in the pool, such as suction devices in the pool system, can create additional dangers.
As public premises, aquatic centers have the legal responsibility to provide safe environments for all visitors. They must also identify and mitigate all possible dangers when it is reasonable and possible to do so. This means that swimming pools should employ lifeguards and other staff to be constantly monitoring the safety of the premises.
How is negligence calculated?
Some injuries can be caused by a genuine accident that could never have been prevented or foreseen. However, a negligence claim can be pursued when it is believed that the property owner could have or should have prevented the incident. For example, if the lifeguard was not paying attention and a near-drowning resulted in a preventable injury, a successful claim for damages could result in a lucrative settlement or court judgment.
If your child was injured at a swimming pool or aquatic center, you may want to seek compensation. Filing a claim for damages is the first step in the process to receiving financial compensation.