One of the most fun Fourth of July activities is swimming. If there is a pool where you’ll be spending your Fourth, chances are you’re bringing your bathing suit. While you should do all you can to enjoy the holiday, you should also keep in mind that swimming pools are not always safe. If a pool owner fails to comply with pool rules and regulations and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
What rules should a pool owner abide by?
If you own a pool, you are responsible for all who use it. Any pool owner should make your safety his or her top priority. Here are some of the things that pool owners have to keep in mind in order to ensure your safety:
- A pool owner should never leave children unattended.
- If there are children who wish to swim, he or she must ensure they are either able to swim, can stand with their head above the water, or that they are wearing the necessary flotation devices.
- A responsible pool owner has compliant drain covers, as they are sometimes a safety hazard to children.
- Pool owners should install all proper barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing in and around the pool area.
- Remove any portable ladders when the pool is not in use.
- If you own a pool, you should learn CPR. It may save a life.
- Pool owners should swim sober and ensure all others are swimming safely as well.
- Prohibit the use of any electronic device in or near the water.
- Inform all parties if the pool does not have a safe diving area.
How do I know if I am entitled to compensation if I am involved in a swimming pool accident?
In order to qualify for compensation, you must prove the other party’s negligence. If you can satisfy the burden of proof, you will most likely recover compensation. For instance, if someone is able to record a video of the incident, it would greatly increase your chances of winning your claim. Likewise, establishing witnesses and requesting their contact information may also help. After your accident, it is important you go straight to a medical professional so he or she can provide you with the medical treatment and documents you may need to prove your case.
Contact our Florida firm
If you have been involved in a swimming pool accident, speaking with a knowledgable attorney is the first thing you should do after seeing a medical professional and documenting all available evidence. Doing so may decide whether you receive your compensation or not. This compensation may go towards in-home care, lost wages, medical expenses, and more. Contact Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.