Summer is right around the corner, which means pools will begin to open. Swimming is a fun and relaxing activity, but it can be more dangerous than you realize. Swimming pool accidents occur often, and they can have life-altering consequences. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur, what to avoid, and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about pool accidents in Maryland.
Precautions to Take:
Unfortunately, the majority of pool accidents are due to negligence. As a result, pool owners and swimmers alike should be sure to take the following precautions:
- Never leave a child unattended in the water or near it
- If the pool is deep and guests cannot stand, ensure that they are able to swim properly
- Stay away from drains and ensure pools have drain covers
- Install proper barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around your pool
- If your pool has a portable ladder, stow it away if the pool is not being used. Sometimes, small children who cannot swim are attracted to pools. If the ladder is removed safely, it can prevent the child from climbing into the pool and harming themselves.
- It can be beneficial to know how to perform CPR in the event that someone is drowning
- Swim sober
- Do not allow electronic devices near the pool to avoid electrocution
- Inform swimmers of shallow areas where they cannot dive
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, it is important to provide proof of this negligence. In order to do so, you should be sure to call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more. Additionally, be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Pictures and videos can play a large role in a personal injury case. If anyone saw your accident happen, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. After your accident, you should go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Lastly, be sure to file your claim on time. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident in Maryland, reach out to our firm today.
Contact our Firm
If you or a family member have been injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.