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Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Accident Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Pools and hot tubs are fun types of recreation on a hot summer day or after a chilly day on the slopes. Most of the time these activities are perfectly safe and provide enjoyment for all who choose to experience them. But there are also some dangers inherent in swimming pools and hot tubs that can result in accidents with serious consequences. If you have been in such an accident, you need to contact a Philadelphia swimming pool and hot tub accident attorney to help you recover the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained. Solomon, Sherman & Gabay has provided expert legal representation in personal injury cases in Pennsylvania for over 40 years.

Common Injuries Occurring in or Around a Swimming Pool or Hot Tub

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1-4. And most children drown in home swimming pools or hot tubs. Other common injuries that can occur in or around a swimming pool or hot tub include:

  • Injuries resulting from slip and fall (pool deck, diving board, ladders)
  • Complications from being underwater too long (near-drowning)
  • Electrocution
  • Injuries related to entrapment or entanglement associated with the suction from the pool drain
  • Reactions from chemicals used to treat the water
  • Bacterial infections from the water

Risks Associated with a Swimming Pool or Hot Tub

The risks associated with a swimming pool or hot tub relate to the water itself and to the various parts and equipment necessary for the normal operation of the pool or hot tub. The area around the pool or hot tub can become slick which increases the risk of falling. The following factors also significantly contribute to the pool and hot tub related injuries:

  • Inability to swim
  • No cover over or fence around pool/hot tub
  • Not having or using safety gear
  • Lack of appropriate supervision
  • Health issues occurring during the use
  • Alcohol/drug use
  • Getting caught in the drain system

Responsibilities of the Pool or Hot Tub Owner/Manager

Simply put, the owner or manager of a swimming pool or hot tub has a responsibility to provide a reasonably safe experience for users. That means due care must be taken by the persons who control access to the pool or hot tub and who are responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the facilities. While it can be obvious in some cases whether or not a pool or hot tub owner/manager failed to take the proper precautions, in other situations it may not be quite as clear who has the legal responsibility when an injury occurs. That is why you want a skilled advocate working on your behalf to make sure that responsibility for your injuries is assigned to the appropriate parties.

Your Legal Rights If You Are Injured in a Pool or Hot Tub

If you have been injured while using a swimming pool or hot tub, you have the right to seek a determination of legal responsibility for the situation that resulted in your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation in the following ways:

  • For the amounts of your medical expenses, lost wages, and other out of pocket expenses related to your injury
  • For losses that take expertise to value such as pain & suffering, limitations on your ability to enjoy life, or other non-economic consequences of your injury that are permanent
  • By amounts that are designed to punish the responsible party for particularly wrongful conduct

At Solomon, Sherman & Gabay, we have helped thousands of clients just like you get the money they deserve for the losses they have suffered. Let us help you get your life back on track. You can contact our Philadelphia premises liability attorneys by, calling 215-665-1100 for a free consultation. You can also contact us here to get started.

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