Unfortunately, as the weather gets warmer, more and more swimming pool accidents will occur. Read on to learn more about pool accidents in Maryland and how you can recover the compensation you deserve.
Can I Recover Compensation for a Pool Accident?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the burdens you now face as a result of your injury. In Maryland, property owners have a legal obligation to keep their properties safe for anyone who enters. This is especially true for those who have pools. Unfortunately, pool owners can act negligently, and when they do, life-altering injuries can occur. Some examples of pool owner negligence include:
- Failing to use all compliant drain covers
- Failing to install all proper covers, barriers, alarms, and fencing around the pool area
- Swimming while under the influence, or allowing others to do so
- Failing to tell all guests that there is no safe diving area, or where the safe diving area is located
- Failing to ensure all children swimming are either tall enough to stand or are wearing proper floatation devices
- Failing to remove all portable ladders while the pool is not in use
- Failing to supervise small children in the pool, or leaving them unattended
If your accident was due to any of the above examples of negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
In order to prove that your accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, you should be sure to:
- Call 911: the police can send an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report
- Obtain witness contacts: ask anyone who saw the accident occur for their name and number
- Document the scene: you should take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident
- Seek medical attention: going to the hospital will ensure that your injuries are treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries
- Contact a personal injury attorney: an attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including police reports and security camera footage
- File your claim on time: in Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident, contact our firm today.
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The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.