Grand Junction Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys
A swimming pool can be the perfect place to beat the heat of the summer months. Pools provide refreshing, cool water, as well as exercise for weak and strong swimmers alike. However, pools also have the potential to become dangerous, especially when they are not properly maintained, or rules are not enforced.
We at Peters & Nolan, LLC know all too well the devastation that an accident at the swimming pool can cause. If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are likely feeling frightened and unsure of what to do next. How can you possibly pay your medical bills? What if you aren’t able to go back to work for several weeks, or even months? Why should you pay for someone else’s actions? Well, the short answer is, you shouldn’t. Our clients are often viewed as the underdog, but we stand by them proudly, despite the odds. Contact us today at (970) 243-4357 and find out how we can help you.
When the summer heat hits, there’s nothing as refreshing as a day spent swimming. The pool, private or public, can be a great place for the entire family to get some exercise while cooling down. Unfortunately, not everyone takes care of their property, and pools can quickly turn dangerous. Areas that can potentially cause injury or illness that you should be on the lookout for include:
- Slippery surfaces
- Unattended puddles
- Malfunctioning equipment (pumps, filters, lights, and drains)
- Improper chemical usage
- Lack of safety equipment
- Cloudy or murky water
- Improper signage
- Inadequately trained staff
No matter the cause, a swimming pool accident can be devastating. Even strong swimmers can end up underwater for too long, and no one can be properly prepared for slipping on wet tile and fracturing their skull.
Just as there are many ways to become the victim of a pool accident, there are many types of injuries you can sustain. They range from mild to catastrophic, and some may even end in a fatality. The most common kinds of injuries we have seen with our clients that have become injured at a swimming pool are:
- Sprains and strains
- Broken, fractured, or crushed bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Illness brought on by unclean water
- Chemical burns
- Fractured skull
- Wrongful death
Even the minor injuries on this list will take some time to recover and will likely require medical intervention to fully heal. The more serious and severe injuries, such as brain damage and spinal cord injuries, may never fully heal. Even after extensive treatment, you could be left with a permanent disability or disfigurement. If you have suffered a pool-related injury, you are likely wondering just who is responsible for your pain and suffering.
When it comes to a case of premises liability, which a pool accident falls under, it is often the property owner who is responsible for any injuries that happen at the pool. This includes private property owners, as well as public property owners. Even if you were enjoying a day at your neighbor’s private backyard pool, if they neglect to make sure their property is safe for guests, and you became injured as a result of that neglect, then they may be considered liable.
However, there are cases where the property owner is not the one responsible. For example, if a new filtration system was put into the pool, but it malfunctions and causes you to become injured, it may actually be the manufacturer or the worker who installed the filter that is at fault.
Determining liability can be difficult. You need to be able to conduct an investigation and gather important evidence, which is often next to impossible if you are in the hospital for your injuries, or in the process of recovering. That’s why you need an experienced pool accident attorney at your side to help put together your case, so that you receive the compensation you deserve.
The statute of limitations, or the amount of time you have to file a claim, for swimming pool accidents is just two years. That may sound like a long time, but when you are in the middle of recovering from severe injuries, time can fly. Those two years will end before you know it. On top of that, plenty of time is needed to conduct a proper investigation in order to strengthen your case. If you wait too long, there may not be enough time left to get all of the information and proof you need.
The Grand Junction personal injury attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC have decades of experience and have worked with clients from all walks of life. We know that this is likely a trying time for you. You may be feeling scared and hopeless. You may not know where to go or who to turn to. If you become our client, we will use our expertise to guide you through the legal process. We may not be able to reverse what happened, but we can fight for your right to compensation. Don’t allow yourself to suffer while the responsible parties walk away from the situation. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 and let us fight for you.
- Healthy Swimming/Recreational Water - CDC
- Drowning Prevention & Facts - American Red Cross
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.