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How to determine fault if you get hurt at a public pool

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2024 | Premises Liability

Determining fault if you get hurt at a public pool in New Jersey involves assessing various factors. Knowing some of these might help you understand who may be responsible for your injuries.

Examine the pool’s condition

First, examine the condition of the pool and surrounding areas. Look for hazards like slippery surfaces, broken tiles, or inadequate lighting. Poor maintenance can indicate negligence on the part of the pool’s management.

Review safety measures

Check if the public pool has adequate safety measures in place. This includes proper signage, lifeguards on duty, and accessible safety equipment. Lack of these measures can contribute to accidents and indicate fault.

Gather witness statements

Witnesses can provide valuable information about the incident. Collect statements from people who saw what happened. Their accounts can help establish the circumstances leading to the injury and identify any negligence.

Document the incident

Take photos and videos of the accident scene, including any hazards that may have contributed to the injury. Document the scene to provide evidence that can determine fault.

Assess management’s actions

Consider the actions of the pool management and staff. If they failed to address known hazards or neglected regular maintenance, they might be at fault. Review maintenance logs and safety records if available.

Identifying fault

Understanding these factors helps establish fault and can guide you in seeking appropriate remedies. Being thorough in your assessment ensures you have a clear picture of the situation and can make informed decisions about the next steps.