After Memorial Day, public and private pools offer people the opportunity for relaxation, recreation, and sport. While pools can be oases for those seeking a cool spot to swim, play, or workout, they can become the site of slip and fall accidents. People of all ages can slip and fall at a public or private pool. Senior citizens are especially prone to falling.
Although every pool installation should follow the strict building codes, violations in and around pools are common. For instance, many pools are not properly fenced on all sides or do not have a warning alert system. They may also lack a locking or removable ladder. Some pools might not receive proper inspections to avoid electric shock due to improper wiring of maintenance equipment, such as pumps.
In terms of slip and falls, surfaces around pools can become slippery. Owners do not always consider this a hazard, but they should absolutely be on guard. Anyone who has run along a wet pool deck knows how easy it is to lose footing. When pool toys and furnishings are in the way, the chance for tripping hazards increase. If someone is injured at a pool, whether at a residence or a community park, the property owner may be held responsible.
Types of Pool Slip and Fall Injuries
Falling on the side of a pool can lead to numerous types of injuries, including neck and spine damage, as well as drowning after hitting the head. Other common injuries related to falling near pools involve broken bones, contusions, lacerations, and electrocution.
Ways to Reduce Pool Slip and Falls
Pool owners and pool facility managers have a responsibility to protect swimmers of all ages from injury, such as installing a drainage system along the pool deck to rapidly funnel excess moisture away from the deck surface. Additionally, consistent cleaning of pool decks can reduce algae buildup and excess oily sunscreen from making conditions particularly slick. Owners should also pay attention to the surface traction of diving boards and ladders to minimize slipping.
Picking up items from around the pool can also help make the area safer. Cracked pavement and decking should be immediately repaired so the area surrounding the pool is not uneven. Walkways leading to and from the pool must be properly maintained as well. If people are coming and going in wet bathing suits, they may create a hazard due to dripping water.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Help Victims of Pool Accidents
Pool property owners who avoid their responsibilities can be found liable if people suffer injuries because of their negligence. If you have fallen at a pool and received medical attention, please contact a Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyer at DiTomaso Law to discuss your case. Call us today at 856-414-0010 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Mt. Holly, Camden County, and southeastern Pennsylvania.