Pool Owner Negligence in New Jersey | What to Know

As the weather warms, pool accidents will increase. Read on to learn more.

What Are Some Examples of Pool Owner Negligence?

Pool owners can behave negligently in several ways. Some of the most common forms of swimming pool owner negligence are as follows:

  • Failing to ensure all barriers, alarms, and covers are installed around the pool area
  • Failing to tell others not to use electronic devices in the pool
  • Neglecting children by leaving them unsupervised while swimming
  • Failing to ensure everyone is swimming sober
  • Failing to place “wet floor” and other hazard warning signs when necessary
  • Failing to ensure all children unable to stand in the water are wearing the proper floatation devices
  • Failing to warn all parties swimming that there are no safe diving zones

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred to cause your accident. You can do this by:

  • Calling 911
    • The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more.
  • Obtaining witness contacts
    • If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events or provide an important outside perspective.
  • Documenting the scene
    • Take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Seeking medical attention
    • You should go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility right away. Some individuals attempt to heal on their own, but this is likely a bad idea. Seeing a doctor will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, and it will also provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you wish to take legal action, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years. This means that if you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm to speak with an experienced attorney and avoid missing any important deadlines.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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