With summer around the corner, many people in the Chicago area are looking forward to spending time at their local swimming pool, relaxing, talking to friends and family, and getting a break from the heat. In addition, for many people, visiting the pool is a year-round activity, as many community centers, gyms, apartment complexes, and private homes have indoor pools.
Swimming is undoubtedly an excellent form of exercise and a great way for kids and adults alike to relax and have fun. Unfortunately, it also exposes people to a significant risk of serious injury. Here are some of the ways in negligent1 pool maintenance can result in serious injury.
Improper Storage or Use of Chemicals
Keeping a pool clean and safe requires the use of certain chemicals like chlorine and bromide that can be harmful in high concentrations. If these chemicals are used incorrectly or stored improperly or without sufficient safeguards, unwitting pool patrons can be exposed to them at dangerous levels. Exposure to the chemicals used in pool maintenance can result in injuries like chemical burns,2 eye injuries, and respiratory damage.
Poorly Maintained Pool Decks
It is only natural that a pool deck will become wet and occasionally be slippery. As a result, it is certainly the case that some slip and fall accidents that occur on pool decks are unavoidable and are an inherent risk involved in swimming. In some cases, however, poor pool deck maintenance can result in unreasonably dangerous conditions that entitle victims of accidents to compensation. Some of these include the following:
- Cracks or deterioration
- Liquid spills that are not a result of the normal use of the pool
- Debris left on the deck that pose a tripping hazard
- Improper pool deck materials
- Broken glass or other dangerous conditions
Call Abels & Annes, P.C. Today to Speak with a Chicago Swimming Pool Accident Attorney
If you or a family member has been hurt in an accident that took place at a swimming pool, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago personal injury lawyers, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.