Summer is here and that means you’re likely to get texts, social media posts, and emails inviting you to pool parties at friends’, coworkers’ and your kids’ classmates’ houses. While a day in the pool and some fun in the sun might sound like just what your family needs after this spring’s coronavirus quarantine, unfortunately, swimming pools are common places for slip and fall injuries.
What is a Slip and Fall Injury?
Just like the name suggests, a slip and fall injury is when a person slips on a surface – such as the concrete surrounding a pool – and falls and injures themselves.
Slip and fall injuries can be serious. Common injuries from slip and falls include:
- Cuts and contusions, including concussion
- Broken limbs
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Sadly, in the case of a pool slip and fall, the slip and fall victim runs the risk of drowning if their fall is unnoticed by the pool owner or other guests at the pool party.
Slip and Fall Pool Drowning Leads to Tragedy for TLC Network Reality TV Show Family
If you think that a slip and fall pool injury can’t happen to you or a loved one, think again.
Last summer, family matriarch Grandma Mary Duggar of the reality TV Show “Counting On” and the former reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” drowned after slipping at her household pool and falling in. Even in a house famous among reality TV viewers for having so many family members, Grandma Duggar’s slip and fall went unnoticed and she quickly drowned without anyone realizing she had fallen into the pool.
What Does Virginia Law Say About Slip and Fall Pool Injuries?
Virginia law is clear that both private and public pool owners are responsible for maintaining a safe environment around their pools, and warning guests and visitors of any potential slip and fall hazards.
If you or your child is a victim of a slip and fall injury that took place at a pool party, you may have medical bills, ongoing therapy needs, and lost wages. For this reason, Virginia allows slip and fall victims to file a personal injury because pool owners have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to maintain the area around their pool, or warn you if there are any slip and fall hazards.
You may have a great case for a pool-related slip and fall personal injury case if the pool party host failed to properly maintain the area around their pool, warn you of any hazards, and you or your child suffered an injury because of the pool owner’s actions or omissions.
What Do You Do If You Suffer a Pool-Related Slip and Fall Injury?
If you or your child suffer a slip and fall injury at a pool party, the first thing you need to do is seek immediate medical attention – especially if you or your child fell into the water. Many people don’t realize this, but even near-drownings require hospitalization to prevent a condition known as secondary drowning.
After you or your child has been treated for injuries sustained, we recommend you meet with our Northern Virginia personal injury law firm to discuss your case. Even if the pool owner is a friend or acquaintance, you will have expensive medical bills to pay for, and may even have ongoing medical needs as a result of yours or your child’s slip and fall injury. You deserve to be reimbursed for your expenses, not to mention compensated for your pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Contact Us to Schedule a Slip and Fall Injury Consultation
After a pool-related slip and fall injury, you need a legal opinion as to whether or not you have a strong personal injury case. To consult with our attorneys about your slip and fall injury, call us at (703) 813-6460 or fill out our online contact form.