What to Know About Swimming Pool Safety in NJ

If you were injured in a swimming pool accident, reach out to our skilled Middlesex County slip and fall accident attorney. We are on your side.

How do swimming pool accidents occur in New Jersey?

In the state of New Jersey, pool owners, like all other property owners, have a duty to ensure that their property is safe for anyone who uses it. If a pool owner does not keep the conditions on their property safe, and an accident happens as a result, a property owner may be held responsible. This can be known as pool owner negligence. Some instances of swimming pool owner negligence include the following:

  • Failing to make sure 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

Can I pursue legal action after a swimming pool accident?

To be able to have a successful personal injury claim, you must be able to establish that there was an act of negligence that caused the swimming pool accident. To best display this, you will want to take the following steps right after your accident:

  • Call 911 – A police will file an accident report and send an ambulance to the scene.
  • Take pictures and videos of the scene of the accident, including the dangerous conditions that caused the accident to happen.
  • Accumulate contact information from any potential witnesses to the accident. Witness testimony can be beneficial to your future legal claim.
  • Seek medical attention to make sure that your injuries are adequately treated. Ask your doctor to supply you with medical documentation pointing to the origin and rigor of your injuries.
  • Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney that can help you gather more evidence that can be essential to your case.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in New Jersey?

Recognize that New Jersey has set a two-year deadline for an injured party to file a personal injury claim. This deadline, referred to as the statute of limitations, indicates that you have two years from the date of your swimming pool accident to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to do so, you will miss out on the opportunity to acquire the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our skilled personal injury attorneys as soon as you can to ensure you are promptly fulfilling all of your deadlines.


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