As the weather quickly goes to hazy, very hot, sticky and humid, Long Islanders head for swimming pools at camps, town and county parks, clubs and private homes. From Long Beach to Merrick to Uniondale and Farmingdale, people are staying cool by the pools as the weather heats up. Unfortunately each season is tainted with news of drownings and serious pool accidents in our area. Most of these accidents are due to negligence. This may include:
- Poorly designed and constructed pool
- Faulty equipment
- Inadequate fencing
- Failure to maintain pool and equipment
- Failure to properly supervise children
- Inadequate warning signs
- Water too shallow
- For public pools: no lifeguards or improperly trained lifeguards
- Improperly maintained grounds surrounding pool
Serious pool accidents, including accidental drownings, diving injuries, drain entrapment, slip and falls and other pool accidents are both physically and emotionally devastating for the families. Accidents that are not fatal often cause serious injuries, including brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities, spinal and neck injuries from diving accident, broken bones from slip and falls, and strangulation and electrocution from faulty equipment and lighting.
Swimming pool owners, like all property owners, are responsible for properly maintaining the pool and making sure it meets specific safely standards. Whether the accident occurs at a private home, public park, summer camp, water park, or hotel, owners can be held liable in certain conditions, as well as equipment manufacturers, construction companies, contractors or installers, if proper guidelines aren’t followed and safety precautions taken.
The laws involving pool accidents are complex. Proving negligence is often difficult and requires experts who understand the law and the legal system. The lawyers at Goldstein and Bashner are compassionate, knowledgeable and, with 20 years of experience, understand the law and realize the trauma these accidents cause.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a pool accident, contact us for a free consultation. We will sit down with you and discuss your case, answer any questions you have, and walk you through the legal process. We will fight to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.