What to Know About Swimming Pool Safety in New Jersey

To learn more about swimming pool safety and pool owner negligence, continue reading and give our skilled Essex County personal injury attorneys. We are on your side.

What are some common ways swimming pool accidents can occur?

When it comes to a swimming pool accident, the most common cause is pool owner negligence. Some examples of pool owner negligence include:

  • Failing to install all necessary and compliant drain covers, fences, and alarms in the pool area
  • Neglecting small children who are swimming
  • Failing to provide children who are not tall enough to stand with working floatation devices
  • Swimming while under the influence, or allowing others to do so
  • Neglecting to stow away all portable ladders when the pool is not in use

How can I satisfy the burden of proof?

If you were injured in a swimming pool because of another’s negligence, you may be permitted to recover compensation. However, to obtain the payment you need, you will have to satisfy the burden of proof. To accomplish this, you will want to take the following steps:

  • Call 911: Many people want to avoid causing a scene and involving the police, however, it is essential to do so. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
  • Seek medical attention: It is critical that you go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated properly, while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can play a big role in a personal injury case, so be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any applicable medical documents.
  • Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw the accident occur, he or she may be able to provide important witness testimony. Ask for their name and phone number.

How long do I have to file a claim?

To receive the financial damages you need to heal and move forward, you must recognize that the state of New Jersey has a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is typically two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will suggest that you will lose the opportunity to file your claim entirely and recover the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your options.

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