During the summer, community pools and pools at hotels, theme parks, resorts, vacation rentals, and private residences are destination points. They are a refreshing way to beat the heat! However, amidst the fun, injuries sometimes intrude. Drowning incidents may come to mind first, understandably, but don’t overlook slip-and-fall injuries.
Many pools open to paying guests incorporate textured concrete and nonslip coatings with their decks to provide better footing, but unattended spills of food, drinks, or sunscreen along with algae buildup can create treacherous conditions. Forceful human contact with concrete typically doesn’t end well for the human. Injuries range from sprains and fractures to spinal and traumatic brain injuries. Potential drowning rears its ugly head when a slip-and-fall victim is sent plunging into the pool.
Changing-room and restroom floors frequently see water accumulation with foot traffic between the pool area and these locations. Concrete and tile floors can become slick in a hurry.
Diving boards may be poorly maintained, lack slip-resistant materials, or be defective. Same thing with diving board and water slide ladders, and steps leading into the pool.
Victims of slip-and-fall incidents typically need to prove that the pool owner knew of the hazardous condition, or should have known in the course of exercising routine, reasonable care to keep guests safe — their legal responsibility. Pool owners need to anticipate the risk of falls by utilizing traction mats and nonslip materials, posting warnings, and properly maintaining pool features and surrounding areas.
If you or a family member is injured by a slip-and-fall at a pool, the pool owner and/or product manufacturer may be liable for damages. Contact our office to protect your rights.