Philadelphia Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys
For as long as anyone can remember, swimming pools have been a place to escape the heat and have fun. Throughout Philadelphia, there are dozens of public and private pools for residents to enjoy year-round. But while visiting local pools is a popular recreational activity, it’s hard to ignore the risks.
Swimming pools are the cause of thousands of injuries every year. And while swimming lessons and safety devices can reduce the chance of injury, even strong swimmers can suffer catastrophic injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury at a private or public swimming pool, you may have a claim for financial damages. Contact the team of experienced Philadelphia swimming pool accident attorney at The Levin Firm for more information about your rights.
Table of Contents
- The Levin Firm: Fighting to help victims get what they deserve
- Achieving results for victims of serious accidents
- Swimming pool accidents: How they happen and when you’re entitled to damages
- Pennsylvania’s attractive nuisance doctrine
- Common injuries after a swimming pool accident
- The Levin Firm: Helping accident victims when they need it the most
The Levin Firm: Fighting to help victims get what they deserve
When another person’s negligence leaves you injured, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. At The Levin Firm, we know how confusing this time can be. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers have decades of experience handling personal injury matters and helping victims get the justice they deserve.
When we opened our doors in 2005, we had one mission, to help others. Our legal team is passionate about what we do and want to help you get back on your feet.
To us, every case is personal. When a client comes to us, we listen. When an accident leaves you feeling hopeless, our job is to provide you with the resources and information you need so you can feel confident about the future. Now, more than ever, you want someone you can trust by your side. When you work with us, we never stop working to show you just how valuable it is that you have put your trust in your hands.
Achieving results for victims of serious accidents
A serious accident can leave you worrying about the future. How much will this cost? How can I afford to take time off of work? And where will I get the money I need? The goal of any personal injury case is to take away this stress by providing compensation to cover your losses.
While results vary from case to case, past results can provide insight into what we have been able to achieve for our clients. Here are some of our most recent success stories:
- $10 million recovery for serious burn injuries
- $9.5 million after an accident left the victim quadriplegic
- $3 million award after a construction site accident
- $1.5 million car accident recovery
Swimming pool accidents: How they happen and when you’re entitled to damages
For many Philadelphia residents, going to the pool is a fun escape. It’s a chance to play with friends, practice your skills, and find relief from the summer heat. When most of us go to the pool, we take the necessary precautions. If we have little ones, we put on life jackets. For older kids, there may be a discussion about pool safety. But even with the utmost care, accidents can happen.
You may not realize that most places are not swim at your own risk. Both business owners and private homeowners must meet pool safety regulations. Some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents include:
In Philadelphia, you can’t just put up a swimming pool. The city has specific requirements regarding where the pool can go and what type of security you need to provide to prevent unauthorized access. For example, homeowners cannot install a pool in the front or side yard, and it must be at least two feet from any property line.
Additional requirements include:
- A fence or similar barrier to prevent unauthorized access
- Suction outlets that protect against entrapmen
If a homeowner fails to follow the required safety measures, they may be liable for any related injuries on their property.
The Shepard Center reports diving as the fifth-leading cause of spinal cord injuries. These injuries typically happen when a person dives into a pool head first and hits bottom. The force of the impact can instantly cause irreversible damage to the spinal cord and result in paralysis. A swimming pool owner may be liable if they fail to warn of changing pool depths and post signs prohibiting diving.
Lifeguards play an important role when it comes to keeping swimmers safe.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires lifeguards at any facility where the primary purpose of the location is swimming, including recreation centers and swim centers but does not include:
- Residential swimming facilities
- Private clubs or organizations
The rules further dictate the minimum training requirements and the number of lifeguards needed based on the pool’s size. Accidents can happen when the facility has too few staff on duty, undertrained staff, or inattentive staff. When lifeguards refuse to take action when asked for help or maintenance crews don’t treat the water so lifeguards can see drowning swimmers, and you or someone you love suffers injuries, you can file suit and seek damages.
Slip and fall accidents
It’s a given that the floors surrounding a public pool will be wet. It is hard to eliminate water from being on the swim deck. However, this does not mean a pool owner does not have an obligation to limit the chance of injury.
Things pool owners should do to reduce the chance of slip and fall injuries include:
- Post signs warning of wet floors
- Train lifeguards to stop patrons from running
- Clean up excess water
- Install sufficient drains to prevent water build-up
Pennsylvania’s attractive nuisance doctrine
In most cases, a property owner only holds financial liability if the injured person is an invited guest. In most cases, property owners are not responsible for ensuring trespassers’ safety. However, the attractive nuisance doctrine allows for some exceptions.
Under Pennsylvania’s attractive nuisance doctrine, a property owner may be liable for damages if an item (such as a pool) would attract a child’s attention and cause the child to enter the property to investigate the attraction. Because of this doctrine, homeowners should not only ensure all safety devices are in place but should also keep the pool out of site and take extra measures to prevent the unauthorized entry of minors.
The Levin Firm: Helping accident victims when they need it the most
Dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic accident isn’t something you should face alone. At The Levin Firm, we work diligently to ensure our clients receive support throughout the claims process. When you work with us, our team will connect you with resources and help you navigate this difficult time.