Many people view Labor Day as the last hoorah of summer, and in many ways, it is. People celebrate a hard year’s work with cookouts, outdoor games, and pool parties. However, if you are going to a family member or a friend’s house to celebrate, you must stay safe. Very often, swimming pools are the site of gruesome accidents, which is why your host must ensure everything is in working condition and address any reasonable safety concerns before inviting guests. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and if you were injured, you may need financial compensation to help cover the cost of your in-home care, lost wages, medical bills, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of swimming pool accidents?
Swimming pool accidents almost always happen directly as a result of negligence, more specifically, pool owner negligence. Some of the most common contributors to swimming pool accidents are as follows:
- Pool owners failing to install all proper barriers, fences, and alarms around the pool
- Failing to supervise children at all times
- Failing to remove ladders when the pool is not in use
- Neglecting to inform others of lack of a safe diving zone
- Failing to provide small children with flotation devices
- Disregarding those using electronic devices in the pool
How do I recover financial compensation following a swimming pool accident?
To recover compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy, because your attorney will have to obtain evidence capable of satisfying the burden of proof.
How do I prove another party’s negligence?
To prove another party’s negligence, your attorney may recover security camera footage of your accident, as this is generally the most straightforward way to prove a personal injury claim. You should also seek medical attention immediately following your accident, as a physician will provide you with medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, which you may use to prove your claim. You may also use witness statements, police reports, and more to help bolster your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New York State?
In New York, the statute of limitations is three years. This means you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you fail to do so, you will most likely be denied the compensation you truly need.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.