Ever notice how many homes and housing communities at The Villages and around Ocala have a swimming pool for residents and their guests to use? Pools help draw people to want to live there, which is good for the bottom line of the property owners.
However, if you or a family member were injured at a swimming pool, you need Ocala swimming pool accident lawyer Pam Olsen on your side. She has 30 years of experience helping people legally pursue and receive financial compensation when injured by the negligence of someone else.
Call her at (352) 671-9777. Or if you prefer, complete this simple contact form and she will be in touch right away.
Types of Swimming Pool Injuries
When a property owner chooses to have a swimming pool, they must also ensure its safe use. Over the years Attorney Pam Olsen has seen and legally helped people who:
- Suffered broken bones caused by slippery pool decks
- Had permanent brain damage from almost drowning
- Lost a family member from drowning
Attorney Olsen holds property owners accountable for swimming pool accidents. She can help you receive compensation by building your case to prove negligence by the other party. And she is thorough so your compensation is for not only the financial costs you’ve incurred, but your physical and emotional suffering as well.
Kinds of Swimming Pool Accidents
Here are the types of swimming pool accidents Attorney Olsen can help with:
- Vacation resort pools
- Hotel pools
- Motel pools
- Apartment community pools
- Gated community shared pools
- Condo association pools
- Water parks
- Amusement parks with water attractions
- City and town pools
- Public beaches
- Homeowner pools
- Cruise ship pools and water attractions
Florida Laws Regarding Swimming Pools
There are clear and tight safety codes in Florida relating to the list above. They include specific regulations about the fencing/enclosure, warning signs and more.
The law uses a term called “attractive nuisance”. The idea behind this phrase is that children are unable to comprehend the same dangers as adults can. They may look at fire and think, “Ooh, I want to touch it.”
Since pools appear fun and interesting, extra measures need to be put in place to deter children from finding their own way in. So the owner of the pool is liable if the entrance is left open when there is no lifeguard, and a child enters and is hurt.
Negligent supervision is another part of the law. This means the property owner, including a homeowner who has a swimming pool, must adequately oversee swimmer’s behavior, or they can be held responsible in the event of an injury.
The pool itself, by Florida law, must be safely maintained. Some of the cases Attorney Olsen has seen had pools with problems like:
- Missing drain cover
- Dangerously worn and slippery tiles
- No water depth markings
- Incorrect water depth markings
- No warning signs
- Improper/insufficient signage
- Damaged slides emptying into the pool
When pursuing compensation for a swimming pool injury in Florida you only need to prove negligence. All residential pools, spas, and hot tubs have to have one or more of the following:
- Pool cover
- Four-foot barrier around the entire pool
- Pool entrance with self-closing and self-locking mechanism
- Alarm for all doors and windows with direct access to pool area
What About If I Signed A Waiver?
Attorney Olsen has helped clients receive compensation for swimming pool injuries even if they signed a waiver. She is able to demonstrate how the property owner’s negligence led to the injury, and hold them responsible.
Why Choose Pam
Pam Olsen knows the specific laws and procedures that apply to swimming pool accidents. Her 30 years of experience and skill enable her to pursue full and fair compensation for your medical expenses, wages and other losses you have suffered.
If you or a family member were injured at a swimming pool, call (352) 671-9777. Or if you prefer, complete this simple contact form and she will be in touch right away.