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Proving Liability In a Public Swimming Pool Accident

Public swimming pools are supposed to be a fun and inviting experience for individuals of all ages. However, many people don’t know about the various dangers that are present and what kind of harm can be done when negligence is involved.

There are a number of factors to consider if you’ve been injured at a public swimming pool and must prove liability. Before you move forward, here are some of the things that you should know about who may be considered responsible and how to show they were negligent.

The City or Municipality

If there is a potential danger at the pool the owner—typically the city—knows about, they must make an effort to fix the issue or at the very least warn of the danger. Failure to do so can make the city liable for injuries sustained. For instance, if the cement on the side of the pool is lifted and causes someone to slip and fall, the owner may be held accountable for failing to address the danger.

Similarly, the owner can be found liable if they hired inexperienced individuals to watch over the swimmers (e.g. lifeguards).

The Lifeguard

If there is a lifeguard on duty, it is part of their job responsibility to watch over those in the pool. If they recognize someone is drowning or having a hard time swimming, they must work to save them. Failure to pay close attention to the pool can be considered negligence.

Another Party at the Pool

Sometimes, negligence works very similar to car accidents in the fact that someone acted in a negligent manner. This can be similar at public pools where a patron may push you or force you to trip and fall, resulting in you suffering a serious injury.

At Levine and Wiss, we’re experienced in handling these types of matters and proving negligence on our clients’ behalves. We know how to navigate the evidence in these cases and work to pursue the most favorable outcome you deserve.

Our New York premises liability lawyers are ready to stand in your corner and protect your best interests at every stage of the case.

Call our firm today at (888) 973-0344.