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Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer

Water-related injuries like drownings are some of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S. for people of all ages. Whether you are at a friend’s home, a hotel, a recreational center, or any other facility, property owners have an obligation to protect people in and around their pool. When they fail to do so, it can lead to tragic and deadly accidents.

If you are suffering from serious injuries after a swimming pool accident, or if a loved one drowned in a dangerous pool, you need to learn about your legal rights. Attorney Scott C. Gottlieb is dedicated to helping you demand the compensation you need after a devastating swimming pool accident. Our law firm offers industry-leading legal representation and personalized customer service to clients throughout Binghamton and across New York.

Don’t wait any longer to get on the road to recovery after a swimming pool accident. Contact our Binghamton, NY, swimming pool accident lawyer today for your free consultation.

Why Work with a Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer?

Trying to handle a swimming pool accident claim on your own while also struggling to recover from your injuries can be overwhelming. Insurance companies will fight these claims aggressively. When you work with a skilled swimming pool accident lawyer, you do not have to worry about whether your case is being handled fairly and properly.

Some of the specific ways that an experienced swimming pool accident attorney can help with your case include:

  • Talk through the details of your accident and help you understand your legal options
  • Help you get the resources you need to recover from your accident
  • Launch a full investigation into your accident to determine which parties might be liable and to gather the evidence needed to support your case
  • Calculate how much compensation you deserve to recover
  • Represent your interests in settlement negotiations with the negligent party and the insurer
  • Fight for your interests in court if needed
  • Take the pressure off you so you can focus on your recovery

Who Can Be Held Responsible After a Swimming Pool Accident?

Who might be liable in a swimming pool accident depends on who owns and manages the pool, as well as what caused the accident. For example, for both residential and commercial pools, property owners and managers are required to secure the area around the pool and regularly maintain the premises. They can be held responsible for drownings and other accidents if they fail to put a fence with a secure gate or other barrier around the pool.

Managers and owners of commercial pools might also be liable if they fail to hire or properly train lifeguards to supervise people who are in the pool legally. Additionally, if faulty pool equipment or poor water quality causes an accident or issues even though the pool owner regularly maintains the equipment, then the equipment manufacturer might be liable.

Compensation for Swimming Pool Accident Injuries

Some types of compensation that may be available to victims of swimming pool accidents include:

  • Loss of wages during recovery or inability to work in the future
  • Current and future medical care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation and therapies

Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents

Some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents include:

  • Lack of barriers around the pool like a fence
  • Diving board accidents
  • Running or other negligent actions around a pool
  • Faulty ladders
  • Slip and fall on slippery surfaces around the pool
  • Lack of supervision
  • Damaged pavement or loose tiles
  • Poor pool maintenance
  • Missing warning signs
  • Defective drains, missing covers, or lack of anti-entrapment equipment
  • Excessively shallow pools
  • Broken lights
  • Improper training of lifeguards
  • Lack of safety equipment
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Rough surfaces or sharp edges
  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals

Common Swimming Pool Injuries

Some of the most common injuries that swimming pool accidents cause include:

  • Broken neck
  • Concussion
  • Electrocution
  • Broken bones
  • Vision loss
  • Chemical burn
  • Poisoning or illness
  • Skull fracture
  • Sprain
  • Spinal injury
  • Internal organ damage
  • Paralysis
  • Laceration
  • Skin irritation
  • Hypothermia

Time Limit for Filing a Claim

Victims typically have up to three years to file a claim for swimming pool accident injuries under New York’s statute of limitations. However, in cases where a loved one dies in a swimming pool accident, surviving family members usually have only two years to file a claim.  In the case of children, the time limits are longer.

In either case, exceptions to general New York laws might lengthen or shorten these deadlines, particularly when bringing an action against a city of state.  A knowledgeable New York swimming pool accident lawyer can help determine which laws and timelines apply to your specific case.

How Scott C. Gottlieb Can Help with Your Case

Our swimming pool accident attorney will take care of every detail of your claim, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Attorney Scott C. Gottlieb and our skilled legal team will stand by your side every step of the way. We will fight fiercely for the justice and maximum compensation you deserve. We will also provide you with regular updates and answer any questions you have about your case, so you never feel left in the dark.

Don’t wait to get the legal advice you need after a serious swimming pool accident. Contact Scott C. Gottlieb today for your free case evaluation.

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