Swimming pools can be fun and exciting for people of all ages, and they’re wonderful during the summer as well as indoors year-round. However, pools can become very dangerous if not properly maintained or if poorly staffed. There are thousands of pool accidents every year in the United States. While pool accidents can happen to everyone, the majority of victims in these accidents are children. Our swimming pool accident lawyers are here to help you seek damages from the party responsible for your accident and injuries.
Contact Studinski Law, LLC today to speak with a lawyer about your options after you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident. Call us at (715) 343-2850.
Responsibilities of Swimming Pool Owners
Wisconsin premises liability law requires that property owners and occupiers make sure that anyone who enters their land is safe from unreasonable risks of injury. This requirement is for businesses that allow guests to use a pool as well as people who invite friends over to use their private home pools. Since every situation is unique, your swimming pool accident attorney must take time to understand the details of your case in order to determine who was responsible for your accident.
Swimming pool accident claims require the injured party to show that they were either an invitee or a licensee when visiting the pool where the accident occurred.
- An invitee is someone who is expressly granted permission to visit the pool, such as when you are paying to visit a public pool or when you are invited by a neighbor to visit their private pool. In this case, the owner of the pool has a duty of taking reasonable care to keep the pool safe for you and any other guests.
- A licensee is someone who has express permission to be at someone else’s pool, but they are visiting the pool for their own purposes. This might be the case if you rent a pool for a personal or professional event. The pool owner owes licensees a duty to warn them about particular dangers that the licensee was unlikely to know or discover on their own.
Premises liability law in Wisconsin does not normally require the owner or occupier to fulfill a duty of care for someone who is a trespasser on their property, but there is an important exception to this which often applies to swimming pool accidents. When the trespasser is a child, the owner has a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid a foreseeable risk of harm to the child caused by artificial conditions to the land. This exception is very often applied to cases involving swimming pools. Children constitute the majority of pool accident victims, and this helps protect children who may wander to a nearby pool where they can be injured due to a lack of proper pool covers, perimeter fencing, or adult supervision.
Causes of Swimming Pool Injuries
Our personal injury attorneys approach each case with the understanding that no two victims or injuries are the same, and this includes the causes of a swimming pool injury that you or a loved one sustained. It is common for people to be hurt at both public and privately owned swimming pools. Common causes of swimming pool accidents that we have seen include:
- Inadequate warnings for pool guests
- Failure to secure pools from small children
- Lack of safety equipment that can help during an emergency
- Failure to maintain a pool in proper condition
- Improperly designed or constructed pools
- Failure to properly hire and train safety personnel when staff are reasonably necessary or mandated by law
- Broken or missing pool ladders or covers
- Overcrowding in the pool area
- Excessive alcohol use at the pool premises
Our attorneys have years of experience investigating injuries and proving why the victim needs fair and reasonable compensation for his or her injuries. After a swimming pool accident, you or your loved one may need costly medical care, and you may miss time from work or school. We can help you prove that you deserve compensation if:
- The owner caused the injury or dangerous condition
- The owner knew about the dangerous condition but did nothing to rectify it
- The owner should have known about the dangerous condition, and any reasonable person caring for the property would have discovered and fixed or removed it
- The owner did not take reasonable steps to make the pool and surrounding area safe
A Wisconsin Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer Can Help If You Have Been in an Accident
Every year there are hundreds of serious swimming pool accidents in Wisconsin, and many of them require extensive medical attention or in some cases, the injuries suffered may be fatal. People who visit swimming pools with friends or family expect them to be properly maintained and safe. Many swimming pool accident victims are children, and our lawyers understand that an injury at a swimming pool can be devastating for the injured party as well as their entire family. We have helped many of our clients seek damages after being injured, and we have the experience to help you recover compensation and move on with your life after a swimming pool accident.
If you would like to speak with a premises liability lawyer about your accident and injuries, contact Studinski Law, LLC to speak with us about your case and your legal options. Call us today at (715) 343-2850.