Under Illinois law, Chicago area pool and waterpark owners who do not supervise swimmers, or properly maintain their pool and the surrounding area may be held liable for injuries that occur on their property.
The Stein & Shulman team has decades of experience holding negligent pool and waterpark owners accountable for the injuries caused by their failure to act responsibly or follow laws designed to protect swimmers. Over the years, we have helped Chicago area families recover millions of dollars in compensation for serious injuries suffered from swimming pool accidents.
What Type Of Swimming Pool And Waterpark Cases Do We Take?
Too many pool owners in the Chicagoland area underestimate the time and attention it takes to maintain a safe swimming hole. Each year, the experienced attorneys at Stein & Shulman help numerous clients seek compensation for pool-related injuries like:
We have assisted several families in the Chicago area mourning the loss of a loved one who drowned. We have also represented victims of serious near-drowning incidents that left the injured party with severe brain damage or long-term disabilities.
Injuries Stemming From Poor Pool Maintenance
Properly caring for a swimming pool or waterpark takes a lot of hard work. Too often, owners and operators do not properly care for their facilities, and their laziness causes serious injuries.
Some common maintenance issues and injures include:
- Broken concrete or tiles that can cause slip and fall accidents, or cut a swimmer;
- Improper cleaning or chemical usage, which lead to burns, rashes, or infections;
- Diving boards placed next to water that is too shallow;
- Dangerous drain covers or pumps that can trap or electrocute a swimmer;
- A failure to post signs warning of known hazards, and;
- Unsafe materials like broken glass or construction debris in the pool area.
It is important to note that serious injuries can happen no matter how pristine the facilities. A well-trained staff can be the difference between a minor incident and a fatal drowning injury. We have handled several cases where the people, not the facilities, were the cause of a serious injury.
Failure To Follow The Law
There are certain laws and regulations that Illinois pool owners must follow. For example, a public pool must have one lifeguard on duty for every 100 bathers or 2,000 square feet of water. When specific legal requirements like this are not met, and someone gets injured, the pool owner should be held responsible.
One type of property where we see a lot of injuries, and a lot of legal violations, is at camps. The remote location of many camps means their swimming facilities are often not inspected as frequently, or monitored as closely, as other commercial pools. Lax government monitoring does not mean a camp should be able to get away with letting visitors swim, and get injured in, unsafe waters.
Fighting For Your Full Monetary Compensation
If you or a loved one was injured at a swimming pool or waterpark because the owner or operator was irresponsible, the Stein & Shulman team is here for you. As attorneys, it is our job to help people like you hold the people or organizations that are responsible for your injury accountable.
One of the first things we do is gather evidence of what happened in the time leading up to your injury. We must be able to clearly link your injury to actions — or a lack of action — by the defendant. Some of the things we do include:
- Investigating the precise circumstances surrounding the accident or injury;
- Thoroughly examining all medical and police reports available;
- Consulting, as necessary, with medical specialists and other experts; and
- Bolstering your case with the testimony these experts provide.
Once we have a strong case, we begin trying to put a fair dollar amount on your injury. How much money you can expect to receive as a result of your injury depends on how seriously you have been hurt. Generally, the worse you have been injured, the more money you can expect — both in economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages include expenses that can be precisely calculated, or may be documented by your doctors and employer. Things like:
- Medical expenses – both costs already incurred and estimated future expenses
- Lost income
- Decreased future earnings
- Property damage
The Stein & Shulman team will work to make sure your injury and the economic hardships it has caused are fully documented so you get all the money you deserve.
Noneconomic compensation includes fair compensation for things that are impossible to measure, but still important. Including:
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The experienced attorneys at Stein & Shulman work with experts who can provide a fair estimate of how much noneconomic harm you have suffered.
Documenting the causes of the injury and estimating costs accurately is important because the defendant and the defendant’s insurance company are not going to want to pay you anything. Our task is to persuade them otherwise.
We Do Not Get Paid Unless Our Clients Do
Stein & Shulman represents swimming pool accident victims in the Chicagoland area on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not get paid unless you do, and our fee will always be just a portion of what we recover on your behalf.
We understand that this may be the first time you have been involved in a personal injury case, so if you have questions about how contingency fees work, we are here to answer them.
Contact Our Chicago Law Firm Today to Discuss Your Swimming Pool Accident Injury
If you or a loved one in the Chicago area has suffered a serious injury in a pool or at a waterpark, the Stein & Shulman team is here to help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have secured millions of dollars for personal injury and accident victims in the Chicagoland area.
You can count on us to honestly evaluate your potential claim, and give you the advice and support you need as you decide whether to file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. Please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.