The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that swimming is the most popular recreational activity among children and teens. Disturbingly, however, in 2008, nearly one in eight routine pool inspections resulted in immediate closure due to serious public health and safety violations. Owners and operators of pools have a duty to ensure their pools are safe. If they were negligent and as a result of that negligence you or your child have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Examples of negligence are failure to adequately supervise, failure to properly maintain the facilities and failure to warn.
The following are some steps you should take following a pool accident:
- Seek medical attention - if the injury is serious, urgent medical care may be required, but even for minor injuries, you should see a doctor and get a copy of the medical report
- Take plenty of photographs of the scene - the camera on your cell phone may be adequate for this purpose
- Ask any witnesses to the accident for their contact details
- Write down what happened when your memory is fresh
- Keep notes of any symptoms
- Keep a record on any time you need to take off work
- Don't admit you were at fault
- Don't sign any form of release or waiver or agree to any settlement without seeking the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney
Contact an experienced Tennessee personal injury attorney at the Kennedy Law Firm. You might need to act quickly. In Tennessee, you generally have one year within which to commence a personal injury action, although this period may be extended in the case of an injury to a minor.