New York Swimming Pool Injuries
In the summer months, many people in New York enjoy swimming and relaxing by the pool. Unfortunately, however, when a property owner fails to maintain the safety of the area surrounding his or her pool, an enjoyable day of swimming can quickly become dangerous. If you are suffering from a swimming pool injury, our New York swimming pool injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, know that recovering from such injuries can take weeks, or months, at a time, causing you to miss work and accrue expensive medical fees.
Though many swimming pool accidents occur unintentionally, the property owner still has a responsibility to keep the premises safe. In the event that you sustain an injury on someone’s unsafe property, you should not be expected to cover the various costs relating to your injuries, and when this happens, our legal team is dedicated to helping you recover compensation from the responsible party.
Too often, financial concerns keep injury victims from reaching out to an experienced lawyer. Understand that if you utilize the services of Hach & Rose, LLP, you do not pay us unless you win. To discuss your situation with a member of our team, call (212) 779-0057 today.
Do I Need a Swimming Pool Injury Lawyer?
The costs that accompany a serious injury can put a significant financial strain on individuals, as well as entire family units. If you are serious about recovering compensation for the expenses that you’ve incurred because of your injuries, you should find a skilled attorney to manage your case. In many instances, accidents that occur at pools happen because the property owner failed to provide adequate supervision or maintenance to the pool area.
Though the circumstances leading to your injury may be obvious to you, if you file a claim independently, the at-fault party may dispute your claim and attempt to blame you for your own injuries. A lawyer will make sure that the blame is placed squarely where it belongs, defending you against inaccurate claims that the at-fault party or their insurer level against you.
Your lawyer will also make sure that any offered settlement qualifies as a fair amount. For example, if you have been in the hospital and are coping with medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing rehabilitation, your settlement needs to take all of these factors into account. Without the guidance of a skilled injury lawyer, victims may be led to accept settlements that are nowhere near the fair amount. If you are offered a quick settlement from the at-fault party’s insurer, accepting it will not benefit you because it is likely that the amount won’t help you completely recoup your losses.
Why Hire Hach & Rose, LLP to Handle My Case?
The team at Hach & Rose, LLP understands that when choosing an injury lawyer, you need to know they care about your case. Our injury lawyers are serious about achieving positive outcomes for our clients. We know that a favorable legal outcome can be the difference between making a meaningful recovery and continuing to struggle.
Through listening to your story and understanding the impact your injury has had on your finances and your quality of life, we will make sure that the at-fault party pays for the damage that they’ve caused.
Our staff is comprised of some of New York’s finest trial lawyers. We didn’t earn our reputation because we shy away from challenges. When our injury lawyers are faced with complicated cases, we dig in and put our resources, experience, and skill to work for our clients. While we strive to reach a favorable outcome for you as quickly as possible, we will not hesitate to take your claim to trial if we cannot reach a fair settlement out of court.
With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers have won millions of dollars for members of our community. We’ve helped a variety of people from injured workers, victims of car accidents, and medical negligence victims. If you have been injured because of another person’s carelessness, we are the firm to call. We know reaching out to a lawyer isn’t always easy, but we are committed to making the process as simple for you as possible.
Types of Swimming Pool Injuries
No one should ever be forced to cope with the expense of their injuries when someone else is responsible for putting them in harm’s way. When property owners fail to eliminate other potential dangers, the following injuries could occur:
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
Typically, the ground surrounding swimming pools is slick and hard, which can make for a potentially threatening environment. In addition to the slick ground around the pool area, other common hazards which can leave victims with serious pain and expenses include:
- Poorly maintained diving boards
- Inadequate lighting
- Absent or undertrained lifeguards
- Broken pool ladders
- Missing safety materials
- Poor maintenance
- Unclean water
- Insufficient signage
If you or loved one has suffered from one of these injuries, you are likely facing serious costs and physical pain. Fortunately, the New York attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you receive financial compensation that you need at this difficult time.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you are looking for legal guidance, we know you will have plenty of questions. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are confident that we can address all of your concerns. Read through our frequently asked questions and get in touch with us at (212) 779-0057 to learn how our team can help you through this difficult time.
When Should I Call a Lawyer?
According to N.Y. Civ. Prac. R. section 214, injury victims in New York have up to three years to file an injury claim. While this three-year deadline may seem like a long time, it is important to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. Acting quickly gives your legal representative valuable time to build a strong case. If the area surrounding the swimming pool was unsafe or posed a threat in some way, your lawyer may be able to collect some much-needed evidence or witness statements immediately following an accident.
What is Comparative Negligence?
While some accidents are caused solely by the negligence of one person, some injury victims bear a portion of the blame for their injuries. Shared fault rules account for scenarios in which an injury victim may be partially responsible for their injuries. New York follows a pure comparative negligence rule, which means that if you are 10% responsible for your injury, then the at-fault party is only required to pay 90% of what you are owed.
What is Duty of Care?
In premises liability law, a duty of care is the legal responsibility that the property owner or property manager owes to guests. There are typically three categories that guests can fall into: invitees, licensees, or trespassers. Invitees are owed the most consideration by the property owner because they have been invited, either implicitly or explicitly to occupy the pool area. If you were legally allowed to be on the property that you were injured on, then you are considered an invitee. However, if you were trespassing at the time of your injury, your legal options may be significantly limited.
How Much is My Claim Worth?
Each case is unique, and a lawyer can help calculate how much compensation you may be able to recover by looking at the specific factors of your situation. In order to calculate your settlement, your lawyer may take the following factors into account: your medical expenses, the severity of your injuries, your lost wages, and any disruptions to your quality of life.
Consult a Swimming Pool Injuries Lawyer in New York
Our New York lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, know that the recovery process following swimming pool injuries can be exceedingly stressful. If you have been injured while on unsafe property, our lawyers are ready to speak with you about your legal options. Call (212) 779-0057 to speak with a member of our legal team today.