What you need to know about filling accident claims
Discovering that you or a child has been seriously injured after partaking in some fun in the sun at a hotel or resort pool can be an overwhelming experience. In fact, you may not realize the legal rights and responsibilities that you have. Many people who are staying at hotels and allowing their children to swim in a hotel or resort pool may be taking a vacation, on a business trip or visiting family or friends.
Hotels will frequently take many steps in order to make the experience enjoyable for all guests. Unfortunately, hotel pools often become a location for personal injury claims in serious accidents. Swimming pools in and of themselves are extremely dangerous.
If the perimeter area is too smooth, for example, a guest can easily slip and fall. In situations in which a lifeguard should be present in order to monitor children for a larger pool property, a child or group of children can become injured too quickly for anyone to do anything without it.
A key step for your personal injury claim after a pool accident is to gather evidence. Pictures of the scene, including the fence, whether any lifeguards were present, and signage can all prove important if you have to move forward with an accident claim. Pictures and videos can help your attorney determine the steps you need to take legally in order to protect yourself.
Hotels frequently will take steps to post warning signs, put up fences and to evaluate potential risks in and around the pool. Unfortunately, however, this does not always mean that every hotel or resort pool is safe from accidents occurring and in certain situations, the hotel or resort owner may be held responsible for liability tied to a personal injury accident.
If the hotel or a property manager knew about a potential risk and failed to take any steps to advise guests about it or to remove the risk itself, they could be setting themselves up for exposure to liability in the event that a guest is seriously injured. The legal issues associated with a pool accident are extremely complex and it requires the experience of a knowledgeable attorney who has assisted in claims like this before. If you or a loved one has already suffered a serious injury in a swimming pool accident at a resort or a hotel, there's a good chance that the hotel's insurance company has already reached out to you in an attempt to get you to sign a release or a settlement form.
Consulting with an attorney first can give you a better perspective on whether or not this is in your best interests and whether or not you should move forward with a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim may be necessary for you to help recover compensation for the injuries that occur on a hotel property.