Swimming is a pastime of several, and with Labor Day coming up and summer on its way out, many people will be taking advantage of their remaining pool days. It is important to be aware of the dangers that can occur if pool owners and swimmers are not careful. Swimming pool accidents can result in lifelong burdens. If you were injured in a pool accident, it is in your best interest to retain a skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyer at Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC to discuss your case.
What are the common causes of swimming pool accidents in New Jersey?
There are many different ways swimming pool accidents can occur, however, the most common is by pool owner negligence. If a pool owner fails to keep their property safe, not only can serious accidents occur, but if they do, the property owner can be held responsible. The most common forms of negligence that our firm has seen include:
- Swimming under the influence, or allowing others to do so
- Failing to install the necessary and compliant drain covers and fences
- Leaving small children in the pool unattended
- Leaving portable ladders into the pool up, even when it is not in use
- Failing to offer children who cannot stand floatation devices
Can I pursue legal action after a swimming pool accident?
In order to successfully pursue legal action after a swimming pool accident, you must be able to prove that there was an act of negligence that caused your injuries. In order to prove negligence, it is important to obtain as much evidence as possible. Take the following steps immediately after your swimming pools accident, if you are able:
- Call 911 – The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses to the accident. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events which can play a large role in a personal injury case.
- Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents pointing to the origin and severity of your injuries.
- Retain an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to help you gather more evidence that can be key to your claim.
- Keep in mind that New Jersey has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. Ensure that you have promptly met all of your deadlines with your attorney.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury, whether on the job, on the road, due to a medical professional’s negligence, or otherwise, our firm is here. Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC has helped countless victims of negligence over the years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Contact our firm today so we can get started.