Now that summer is finally upon us, many people in the Chicagoland area are looking forward to spending time at the pool, soaking up the summer sun and relaxing with friends and family. While you may not think going to the pool is a high-risk activity, the reality is that thousands of people are seriously hurt each year in accidents caused by defective pool equipment.
Here are a few types of pool equipment that may be defective and capable of causing injury:
- Diving Boards – Defective diving boards or ladders pose a significant injury risk, usually by causing people to fall unexpectedly. Many people injured by defective diving boards suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and even spinal cord injuries.
- Drains – Swimming pool drains are extremely dangerous when defective and have been known to cause entrapment. Because of the risk they pose, they are regulated by federal law, and pool owners using noncompliant drain covers are generally liable for any injuries they cause.
- Pool Filters – Pool filters operate under pressure, and defective pool filters have been known to explode and send shards of metal flying.
The injuries people can sustain as a result of pool accidents can be extremely serious and often include brain injuries that leave people with long-term physical and cognitive difficulties. It is essential that victims take steps to protect their legal rights, which begins by retaining an attorney. It is important to keep in mind that waiting too long to talk to a lawyer can result in the loss or destruction of evidence that is necessary for you to recover compensation.
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If you or your child has been injured in a pool-related accident, you should have your case reviewed by an attorney as soon as you can. If you can establish that your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, you will likely to be able to recover compensation for the losses you have experienced. To schedule a free case evaluation with a Chicago injury attorney, call Abels & Annes, P.C or send us an email via our online contact form.