Playground and swimming pool accidents often occur because the owner failed to exercise ordinary care. For example:
* Failure to provide safety mats and safety equipment
* Failure to inspect and repair damaged equipment, including broken climbing equipment and broken amusement park rides
* Failure to take measures to provide a safe swimming environment (read inflatable pool drowning prevention information)
* Failure to post warnings about dangerous conditions
* Failure to properly train staff.
If you or someone you love has had a playground accident (for example, a climbing wall, swing, slide, monkey bars or merry-go-round accident) or a swimming pool accident or injury (for example, drowning or a diving board accident), you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of earnings.
Compensation for a Playground or Swimming Pool Accident
To receive compensation for a playground or swimming pool accident, you must prove that the following:
* That the property owner had a legal duty to you;
* That the property owner knew, or should have known, that there was a dangerous condition;
* That the property owner had an opportunity to repair or remedy the dangerous condition; and
* That the property owner’s failure to take appropriate action was a direct cause of your injury.
Possible compensation includes the following:
* Medical expenses
* Lost wages
* Lost future earnings, pain and suffering
* Loss of quality of life
* Other damages
If your child has died on a playground or in a swimming pool, you may be have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit seeking the following compensation:
* Loss of care and companionship
* Funeral expenses
* Pain and suffering experienced prior to death (not available in some states)
* Medical expenses incurred prior to death
* Lost economic contributions
* Other damages
Protecting Your Legal Rights after a
Playground or Swimming Pool Accident
Here are some steps you can take to increase your chances of getting what you need and deserve after your child has been injured or killed on a playground or in a swimming pool:
* Seek proper medical care. You will need documentation for your case.
* Get the names, phone numbers and addresses of all witnesses involved. Take photographs of the scene if you can.
* Do not sign any documents relating to the incident, and do not discuss your case with anyone. Most parties that you will need to deal with, including insurance companies, do not have your best interests in mind.
* Find a good attorney as soon as possible. You may have to file a suit within a specific time frame, according to the “statutes of limitations.” You also need to keep in mind that evidence in cases like yours can disappear overnight.
Mark Peacock, Esq. is dedicated to serving you with the respect and commitment you deserve. Feel free to contact him directly at (949) 660-7762 or email@example.com
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