Summer doesn’t start for more than a month, but it’s already hot enough here in Waco that many assume that it’s already begun. With school going on break for the next few months, you’ve probably already scoped out local pools where you and your kids can go to cool down from this Texas heat. Have you thought about who to hold accountable if someone gets hurt though?
The more people that congregate at a pool, the higher the chance that someone will get hurt. Many different injuries can take place at a public pool. An individual may hit their head on the diving board, slip and fall on the floor surrounding the pool or nearly drown.
If one of these incidents occurs, then you will immediately want to let those running the premises know. You should, of course, place a call for paramedics to come and check you or your child out too. If you can take pictures or ask someone else to do so right away, then this is ideal. These can be used by you and your attorney to help determine liability. Witness statements and pictures can be used to identify the cause of your injury.
The next important step you’ll have to take is to find out who’s responsible for maintaining the property. If it’s a government agency, then you’ll likely be required to file a notice of claim with them during a small window of time. They’ll then make a decision as to whether to offer a settlement or to throw out your claim. If they deny it, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit in civil court.
Before filing a civil suit, you should consider how convincing the evidence is that you’ve amassed in your case. You may also want to take into account how pursuing a civil legal matter is often time-consuming and costly. A premises liability attorney can advise you of the costs involved and explain the many benefits associated with filing a claim.