Swimming Pool Accidents in Western PA
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Thousands of people die or suffer serious injuries each year related to preventable swimming pool accidents. In addition to swimming pools, similar dangerous conditions can exist with hot tubs, and at water parks.
Both the owner of the property on which there is a pool and those who manage, maintain, and construct the pools, or related equipment, may be held legally responsible for pool-related injuries, which include but are not limited to head injuries, neck and back injuries, and injuries to arms and legs. One may also be able to recover against a homeowner’s insurance policy for these injuries.
Many children are attracted to pools, not realizing the danger that awaits them. Even where there is no structural problem with a pool, a pool owner or renter on the property can be held legally responsible for failing to take precautions to keep children away from the pool, even if the children were not invited onto the property. This liability is under what is known as the “attractive nuisance” doctrine. While attractive nuisance laws are usually applied to young children, they have also been applied to teenagers.
There are a wide variety of regulations concerning the operation and construction of both public and private swimming pools and establishments. For example, under Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code, pools more than 24 inches deep must be completely enclosed by a fence or a screened enclosure equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates. There are also requirements on the number of lifeguards required at recreational swimming establishments. If one of these laws is violated and an injury results from that condition, the owner, operator, or construction company may be held legally responsible for the injury.
There may also be liability where there are defective or improperly repaired diving boards, where water levels are too shallow and improperly marked, and where dangerous conditions exist around the pool, where people walk.
Swimming pools and water parks may be contaminated because of a failure to use proper filtration and sanitizing devices, as required by state or local law. Sometimes serious illnesses can result from these conditions.
If you or your loved one has suffered an injury in or around a swimming pool or other recreational water facility, you should take prompt action as you only have two (2) years to file a claim. Please call Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for a free consultation.
For additional information, you may find the following links useful:
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Pool and Spa Safety Publications
- National Water Safety Program, Safety Tips
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If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by the careless or wrongful actions of others, call the accident attorneys in Pittsburgh of Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for assistance at (412) 488-6000, (866) 306-2667, or complete our quick contact web form.