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Preventing slip and fall accidents near swimming pools

Summer has finally arrived in New Mexico. This often means sunbathing, trips to the community pool and backyard pool parties. If an afternoon of fun comes to an abrupt halt because you sustain a slip and fall injury, there may be grounds for a claim. At Sanders Law Firm, our experienced attorneys often assist clients with personal injury cases.

According to FindLaw, there is a broad range of circumstances that can cause slip and fall accidents around swimming pools. While the most recognized hazard is slippery floors and decking, pool chemicals, improperly wired pool lights and lack of an attentive lifeguard are also common issues. However, an injury does not guarantee you will win a lawsuit. You must prove damages, duty and breach causation.

  • To receive a cash award, you must show damage occurred as a result of your injuries, such as pain and suffering, lost wages or medical bills. A bruised ego is not grounds for a suit.
  • Property owners must keep the pool and area around it safe by taking precautions. Examples include putting up a fence to keep small children from entering unattended, using the right chemicals and placing mats to help make wet surfaces less slippery.
  • Placing signs warning of known hazards, routine maintenance, correcting issues when they occur and preventive maintenance indicates the owner’s commitment to providing a safe environment.

Accidents can happen anywhere, but if a business owner allows his property to fall into disrepair and you sustain injuries, he or she may be liable. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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