Water-related Injuries and Accidents: Who’s Liable?

If you or a loved one is injured at the pool or beach, do you know who will pay for the harm suffered? 

When the weather is nice outside, Massachusettsites love to take to the water – the beach, the pool, and even the sprinklers can be a nice relief from the heavy heat of summer. But as pleasant as the cool waves of water can be, water is also dangerous. Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there are an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) per year in the U.S. If you have been injured in a drowning or near-drowning involved accident, or if your loved one has died in a water-related accident, call our law firm for guidance in determining liability.

Water-related Accidents and Injuries: Common Types

While drowning and near-drowning accidents are one of the most serious and most obvious of injury types, this is not the only type of injury that can result from water-related activities. In addition to drowning and near-drowning, other common beach, swim, pool, and boat accidents and injuries include:

  • Diving board injuries, including hitting one’s head on the diving board;
  • Pool slip and fall injuries, leading to bone fractures, concussions, and more;
  • Electrocution injuries if water and electricity are combined; and
  • Neck and back injuries caused by hitting one’s head during a boating or beach accident (i.e. being pulled under by a wave). 

Boating injuries can be especially tragic, and might also include whiplash and other soft tissue injuries in the event of a boat collision, being thrown overboard, traumatic brain injuries, and injuries to limbs and extremities. 

How Pool and Water-related Accidents Happen: Determining Liability

Most pool and water-related accidents happen as a result of the negligence of one of the parties involved, including the party responsible for ensuring that the pool (property) is kept in a reasonably safe condition. Factors that may increase the risk of an accident include:

  • A lack of fences to keep people out of the pool;
  • A lack of lifeguards or adult supervision;
  • Alcohol use;
  • Excessively slippery surfaces;
  • A lack of posted instructions and safety signs (i.e. “Shallow waters – no diving”); 
  • Negligent boat operation; 
  • A lack of use of lifejackets when appropriate; and 
  • More.

If you or a loved one has been severely harmed in a water-related accident, be it a boating accident, pool accident, or beach accident, and you believe that the accident would not have occurred but for the negligence of another party, our team can help. We’ll open an investigation to determine the precise cause of the accident, identify the liable party and their act of negligence, and bring forth a claim for your full damages amount.

Call Our Revere Personal Injury Attorneys Today

At The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, our experienced Revere personal injury attorneys are passionate about helping victims of serious accidents like you. Call us today for your free consultation, or send us a message telling us more about your accident and injuries.

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