Swimming Pool Slip and Fall
Under Florida premises liability law, if you are injured on someone else’s property and there was a hazard that caused your swimming pool slip and fall, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover your damages. Unfortunately, swimming pool slip and fall injuries are not uncommon, especially in Florida.
Injuries can be very serious and include a drowning or near drowning, a head injury resulting in brain damage, or a slip and fall that results in spinal cord injury which can lead to paralysis. Falling in itself is not a cause of action but it may be if you fell as a result of someone’s negligence.
Farah & Farah will need to determine who owns the property. Is it a commercial property or privately owned?
Premises liability cases in Jacksonville are evaluated on a case by case basis depending on whether or not a reasonable standard of safety was followed. One question that will be asked is whether or not the property owner took the necessary precautions to make the swimming pool area as safe as possible. Did he or she know there were huge cracks in the pool deck? How long did those cracks exist and go unattended? To what extend did the visitor’s actions contribute to the slip and fall accident around the pool area? Was there a sign to signal a hazard ahead?
Even if there was a hazard that you should have been able to see, that does not preclude you from bringing a claim. It is important to try and determine what caused you to fall and you will want to talk to any witnesses or take pictures of what you slipped on. Use a cell phone to take a photo that can be used as evidence later on. And make sure you have the names of any witnesses or managers on site.
A responsible pool owner needs to clearly mark any hazards and either remove or fix dangers that may contribute to a swimming pool slip and fall injury. Farah & Farah’s experienced premises liability attorneys can help you determine what led to your injuries and identify the responsible party. Farah & Farah can help you recover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and the future cost of rehabilitation.
Time may be running out on any action you file so it is well-advised to contact a Jacksonville premises liability attorney as soon as you can following your slip and fall accident.