One of the true delights of summer is finding a pool somewhere to use. Maybe your homeowners] association provides a pool for the neighborhood’s use. Maybe there’s a community pool to which you have access. Maybe you just have a neighbor who is generous enough to let you hang out in their pool.
Unfortunately, a good time at the pool can quickly turn into a disaster if safety precautions aren’t observed. Roughly 6,400 children 15 years of age and younger end up in the emergency room every year due to pool-related injuries. Even being an adult, however, won’t protect you from harm if things get a little wild. It’s very easy to end up with water in your lungs, broken bones, a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury around a pool — particularly when there’s alcohol around.
If the worst happens, and you get hurt, do you have a right to sue? Most likely, yes.
A pool’s owner (whether that’s a company, a government entity or a neighbor) has a certain obligation to make sure that guests are kept reasonably safe from foreseeable dangers. Generally speaking, that means they’re responsible for things like:
Making sure that nobody is diving into the water when people are swimming
Prohibiting pushing, jumping and running around the sides of the pool
Limiting alcohol and making sure that people who are intoxicated aren’t swimming
Warning people when the pool decks are wet and requiring appropriate footwear
If the owners of a pool failed to keep things under control and provide for your reasonable safety, you have every right to ask for compensation for your losses. A slip-and-fall injury at a pool can take a long time to heal — if ever. Seek legal guidance about your claim as soon as possible.
Amoni Law Offices, P.C. is located in Aurora, IL and serves clients in and around Aurora, Sugar Grove, Batavia, Elburn, North Aurora, Mooseheart, Bristol, Big Rock, Kane County and Kendall County.
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