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Who Is Liable for Swimming Pool Injuries at an Apartment Complex?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Premises Liability


Nothing feels more refreshing than a dip in the pool on a hot summer day, but taking that swim could, unfortunately, lead to unintended consequences. The World Health Organization reports drowning as the leading cause of intentional death in the world even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, on average, more than 3,500 people drowned each year from 2005 to 2014. While not all swimmers face life or death circumstances, many are still hurt, and it is not atypical to sustain swimming pool injuries at an apartment complex.

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. has earned the reputation of Chicago premise liability lawyers because we possess the knowledge and skill required to ensure property owners assume responsibility for the injuries people suffer while on that property due to owner negligence.

Contact us at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation if you have been hurt in an apartment complex swimming pool and let us help.

What is Premise Liability Law?

Premise liability law places responsibility for certain kinds of injuries that people suffer on another person’s property on the owner of that property. For this law to apply, the injured person must be either an invitee, or a licensee of, the property. Essentially, they cannot be a trespasser. Moreover, the owner must have either demonstrated negligence or performed a wrongful act.

Common Swimming Pool Accidents

Your swimming pool injuries may have occurred in any number of ways. For example, common swimming pool accidents include:

  • Diving into water that is too shallow, which can lead to either traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage;
  • Being trapped by the suction of the pool’s drain (called circulation entrapment), which can cause either amputation or disembowelment;
  • Swallowing contaminated water due to failure to properly treat it, which can spark gastrointestinal disease and infections; and
  • Slipping and falling on wet surfaces around the pool, which can result in broken bones.

Apartment Complex Liability

An apartment owner must maintain the condition of the pool to ensure those who use it are safe. They should regularly inspect the pool and surrounding area as well as warn swimmers of dangers that they may otherwise be unaware. Furthermore, the owner is responsible for repairs.

If an apartment owner permits you to use the pool without warning you that you might incur injuries, then you can establish their liability by proving they violated the safety statute, which caused your accident.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to Help

Getting the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering after you sustain swimming pool injuries at an apartment complex requires the counsel of skilled lawyers. It requires gathering evidence of an owner’s liability and Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. is the right choice. We can help if you have been hurt in an apartment swimming pool because the owner failed to ensure its safety and we will guide you through each step of the process so that you can regain control of your life. Call us at (312) 236-2900 to schedule an appointment.

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