There are thousands of private and public pools around the state of Florida. While pools can be an excellent source of exercise and provide a much needed break from the heat, they also expose swimmers and other visitors to a risk of physical injury. As a result, both private and public pools are subject to regulation by the Florida Department of Health. In addition to regulatory requirements, general tort law principles also apply to pool owners and manufacturers of pool equipment, potentially allowing people injured in pool accidents to bring a legal claim against the responsible party or parties. Because of the complicated and industry specific issues that often arise in cases involving defective pool equipment, it is important for victims to discuss their accident with an experienced pool accident attorney prior to deciding whether to file a claim.
Modern swimming pools are complicated systems that employ various mechanical and chemical means to maintain their safety. In addition, many pool owners purchase pool accessories designed to maximize their enjoyment of their pool, such as platforms from which to jump or devices that allow them to float with minimal effort. When these devices and accessories fail, the injuries that swimmers sustain can be extremely serious. Some of the more common kinds of faulty pool equipment that can lead to injuries include:
The types of injuries people can sustain in pool equipment accidents vary greatly on the type of equipment that caused the injury. For example, electrical equipment that fails while people are in the water could potentially cause an electric shock. On the other hand, exposed hardware on a water slide could easily cause serious lacerations if a person’s skin came in contact with the hardware while sliding. Other injuries that often occur as a result of defective pool equipment include:
If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by defective pool equipment, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. The types of losses that you may be able to recover for include medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering, among others. The Clearwater product liability lawyers of the Dolman Law Group, are dedicated to helping pool accident victims recover. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (727) 451-6900.