School is out and it is time for some fun in the sun. For many people, summertime means it is pool time. However, if you don’t take precautions with your pool, a fun summertime activity can turn tragic in a matter of seconds.
When a pool accident occurs, it raises many questions about safety, liability, and damages. The attorneys of Torem & Associates can provide you answers to those questions while working through some of the issues you will face following a pool accident. Call our office at 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Fresno accident attorneys.
Common Questions About Pool Accident Claims
One of the most frequent questions about a pool accident is who is responsible for the damages caused by the accident. The first thing to understand is that some special rules apply just to pools. These laws vary depending on whether the pool is a private pool or a public pool. In most cases, the laws governing pool accidents fall under premises liability laws.
Premises liability laws are often referred to as slip and fall accidents; however, premises liability encompasses much more. When you are dealing with a pool accident, you could be dealing with several areas of law, including premises liability, in addition to local laws and ordinances. In some cases, you could have a claim that includes product liability law if the accident involves a defective product.
Let’s look at an example.
You are injured at a neighbor’s pool because a defective ladder collapsed when you were entering the pool. Is the manufacturer responsible because of the defective ladder (product liability law)? Is the property owner of the pool responsible for not replacing the ladder after receiving notice (premises liability)? Are you responsible because you climbed the fence around the pool and entered without permission (criminal trespass)?
As you can see, the facts of a case can create an extremely complex case with many legal issues. Each party involved will fight aggressively to reduce liability based on the legal issue that is most favorable to him or him. For this reason, hiring an experienced Fresno accident attorney as soon as possible is important. Your attorney can cut through the legal issues to determine the one overriding issue that addresses your injury and gives you the best chance at receiving maximum compensation for your injuries.
Pool accidents can result in traumatic injuries that result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. It is crucial you work with a lawyer who understands the various laws and regulations applicable in pool accident cases to protect your rights. Don’t be fooled by an insurance adjuster who offers quick settlements. Once you sign that release, you are barred from suing anyone, even other at-fault parties, for your claim, even if you find out later you have suffered greater injury than you previously thought. You need to talk to an attorney BEFORE you sign any documents.
Call a Fresno And Central California Valley Accident Attorney for Help
If you or your child is injured in a swimming pool accident, call Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 or use the contact form on our website to schedule a free appointment with one of our Fresno injury lawyers for a free no-obligation case evaluation.