Swimming pools are generally an active and fun place to visit, providing exercise, play, and socialization for people of all ages. Unfortunately, severe injuries are common due to a number of hazards and accidents that commonly arise.
With over 10 million swimming pools located in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 3,500 people die in drowning accidents each year, a large majority of which happen in swimming pools where a child or adult trips and falls, dives, or jumps improperly into the pool. Furthermore, many others suffer injuries which could impact the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one was injured at a pool, you have legal rights and might be able to pursue compensation with the help of an experienced attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. By working with a Michigan swimming pool accident lawyer, you could have your legal rights explained and could decide if pursuing a civil lawsuit is the right choice for you.
Types of Accidents at Pools
Accidents can occur in both public and private pools, and are often due to the negligence of another party. For example, the manufacturer of pool parts might have produced a faulty or dangerous component, the owner of a pool might not have properly secured a swimming area, or a lifeguard might fail to notice a drowning swimmer.
An experienced Michigan swimming pool attorney could work to help an injured individual to determine the proximate cause of their injuries. Often, these are due to:
- Slipping and falling near a pool
- Being injured by a diving board
- Unsafe pool parts
- Inadequate supervision or unsecured pools
For a successful claim, it must be shown that the owner, manufacturer, or other negligent party owed a duty of care, and that this duty was breached. Then, it must be established that this breach of duty resulted in an accident that injured the plaintiff.
Forms of Compensation
Beyond proving negligence, an injured claimant must also be able to demonstrate the extent of their losses. Common damages that are cited in claims include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Mental and emotional anguish
- An inability to perform certain tasks
It is also important for anyone looking to pursue compensation to understand how comparative negligence might impact a claim. Essentially, under Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.2959, if a claimant is found to be partially at fault for their own injuries, their awarded damages could be reduced to match their percentage of fault. Therefore, if a plaintiff was deemed to be 25 percent at fault, they could still recover 75 percent of the awarded damages.
Call a Michigan Swimming Pool Attorney for Help
You should consider reaching out to a Michigan swimming pool accident lawyer if you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a negligent pool owner, manufacturer, or lifeguard. When the careless or reckless behavior of any of these entities causes your injuries, you have legal options and might be able to demand compensation through a civil lawsuit.
However, due to the legal nuances associated with filing a claim, having a tenacious and skillful attorney on your side might be beneficial. To schedule a free case review following an injury, reach out to a legal professional at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. today.
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