Pool owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe at all times. If a pool owner acts negligently, they may be held responsible for any injuries that occurred as a result. Swimming pool accidents are serious and can cause detrimental effects on an injured party’s life. Contact our experienced Texas personal injury attorneys to learn more about pool accidents and how we can help you if you have been hurt in one.
What are the common causes of swimming pool accidents in Texas?
There are many different ways pool accidents can occur, but most of them are a result of a pool owner’s negligence. Pool owners, like all other property owners, have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe. If a property owner fails to do this and someone is hurt as a result, the property owner may be held liable. Some examples of pool owner negligence include:
- Failing to ensure all barriers, alarms, and covers are installed around the pool area
- Failing to tell others not to use electronic devices in the pool
- Neglecting children by leaving them unsupervised while swimming
- Failing to ensure everyone is swimming sober
- Failing to place “wet floor” and other hazard warning signs when necessary
- Failing to warn all parties swimming that there are no safe diving zones
- Failing to ensure all children unable to stand in the water are wearing the proper floatation devices
What should I do after a swimming pool accident?
In order to have a successful legal claim, you must prove that your injuries were the direct result of an act of negligence. In order to prove negligence, you must obtain as much evidence as possible. Follow these steps immediately after your accident if you are able to:
- Call 911 – The police can dispatch an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses to the accident. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events which can play a large part in a personal injury case.
- Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents showing the origin and severity of your injuries.
- Retain an experienced Texas personal injury attorney to help you gather more evidence that can be key to your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in Texas?
The state of Texas has issued a two-year deadline, also known as the statute of limitations, for an injured party to file a personal injury claim. This means that if you were injured in a pool accident, you have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. If you fail to do so, you will lose the opportunity to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Do not wait until it is too late. Contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to get started on your case today.
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