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Liability for Injuries and Drowning Shea Law Group Chicago

Published on September 22nd, 2011

Although we all love to enjoy spending time in and around the pool in the summertime, it can be a potentially dangerous place. Without proper care and maintenance, children can drown, divers can injure themselves in shallow water, and slippery decks can be the cause of slips and falls. In the event that a death or serious injury does occur, a personal injury lawyer may be able to pursue a liability case. The following are a few of the relevant situational and circumstantial elements that can impact a swimming pool accident suit.

  • Product Liability Cases

In some cases, a pool-related personal injury is associated with a faulty product or physical object. A filter or drain cover that causes someone to trip or cuts them with a sharp edge may be reason enough to hold the manufacturer responsible for an injury. A child flotation device that comes undone and allows the child to fall into the water may also put a company at fault. If a pool is not clearly marked and properly designed, then the homeowner and pool contractor may be responsible for resulting injuries.

  • Premises Liability

A pool owner is obligated to maintain his or her pool and keep it and the surrounding area around in good condition. In most cases, the owner of the property is liable for any personal injuries or deaths that occur due to unsafe maintenance or faulty equipment. Examples negligent pool ownership include a lack of working safety gear, a broken ladder or steps, unclean water, or an inadequate fence.

Unfortunately, pool accidents and accidental drowning occur each year. In these unfortunate circumstances, product and premises liabilities are the most common grounds on which legal action may be pursued.  If you’re seeking legal recourse after a pool-related injury, then get in touch with Shea Law Group to speak with a personal injury attorney. For more information, call (773) 365-0040 or visit our website.


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