Hardworking North Dakota Swimming Pool Injury Attorneys on Your Side
Helping victims seek compensation after serious water-related accidents
Nothing feels better than taking a refreshing dip in a pool on a hot day. Whether your kids are playing at Roosevelt Park, or you and your friends meet up at the YMCA or the Country Club, nothing beats a summer swim. As fun as swimming is, though, there are potential dangers – especially for small children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drowning is the leading cause of death for young children ages 1 to 4. For every child under 15 years old who dies from a swimming pool drowning, another 10 children are treated in hospital emergency departments in the United States for nonfatal submersion injuries.
At the Larson Law Firm P.C., we know that a swimming pool accident can be catastrophic. Our experienced North Dakota pool accident lawyers understand the challenges that come with making a claim against a water park or municipal property. If you or your loved one was hurt at a public pool, in a pool at a local gym, or on private property, we will represent your rights and your best interests.
Reliable representation for all types of pool accident injuries
Swimming pool accidents are classified as fatal or non-fatal. While a fatal drowning obviously results in death, a non-fatal drowning does not. However, a non-fatal drowning can still have severe consequences, including permanent brain damage from oxygen deprivation, or paralysis from shallow dives. Here are the most common types of pool accident injuries we have handled:
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones and lacerations from slip and fall accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Chemical burns from excessive use of pool chemicals and/or poor filtration
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, talk to a member of our legal team today. We can provide answers to any legal questions you have concerning your accident.
Determining swimming pool liability
A day of fun in the sun can quickly turn tragic when a pool accident happens. If you are at the YMCA, a private park, or country club, the operator of the pool is in charge of:
- Maintaining all equipment, and replacing anything that is defective or malfunctioning
- Posting any and all required safety signs, including “no diving” (if applicable) and “wet floor”
- Keeping floors outside of the pool area as clean from debris as possible
- Hiring the appropriate amount of lifeguards and staff trained in CPR
- Ensuring all bathrooms and changing areas are keep clean and free of debris
- Maintaining the cleanliness of the pool and the surrounding areas
Private pool owners and operators are subject to state and federal rules when it comes to maintaining and operating their facilities. If you or your loved one is hurt because of broken or defective pool equipment, negligent security issues, or another person’s negligence, you can file a premises liability claim for damages.
Bringing a lawsuit against a municipal entity
If you are injured at a public pool, the rules change a bit. You may need to sue the town itself. Even though the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is six years (there are some exceptions), if you are planning to bring a claim against the state or any state agency you must file a claim within 180 days. Then you have 3-year statute running from the date of the incident. If claim is against any other government entity – cities, counties, or other political subdivision – then it is 3 years. Government entities may be immune from some types of lawsuits, as well. You should meet with us quickly if you sustained an injury at a city pool, so that you are not time-barred from filing a complaint.
Contact our North Dakota pool accident attorneys for a free consultation
For more than 35 years, the legal team of the Larson Law Firm P.C. has helped accident victims obtain the compensation they need for their injuries. We provide legal services to injured parties across North Dakota, including the residents of Ward, Williams, McKenzie, Pierce, and Mountrail Counties. Our Minot office is easily accessible with convenient parking available. Set up a free consultation today by completing our contact form, or calling our Minot office at 701-484-4878.