Diving Board Accident Lawyers
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Diving boards are fun additions to any swimming pool; jumping off one into a deep blue lake can be even more fun. During lazy summer afternoons, the hot silence is sometimes pierced by screams of “Cannonball!” and the laughter of many children, family, and friends trying to make the biggest splash possible.
However, like pools and other aquatic attractions, diving boards can cause serious injury or death to you or your children when they are incorrectly designed, installed, or maintained. A diving board accident can leave victims with hospital bills, time taken off work, and pain and suffering.
The personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group are experienced in representing diving accident victims and helping them seek the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with skilled diving board accident lawyers.
Common causes of diving board accidents
Diving board accidents may be involved in many types of pool and water injuries. While accidents involving diving boards can happen for a number of reasons, some of the most common causes include:
Slippery Diving Boards
Diving boards become slippery from water, sun screen, and tanning oils that may have accumulated on the board over time; when diving boards become extremely slippery, the chances of a slip and fall increase significantly. In order to help prevent slips, most diving boards are designed with a non-slip material; however, this coating can wear-out over time and with repeated use. When pool owners fail to replace the non-slip material, the chances of slipping and falling on or off a diving board increase.
Diving boards should be attached or affixed to structures so that they are safe for all divers. When boards contain loose screws or become unattached, they require immediate attention to prevent diving board injuries. When pool owners fail to repair these dangerous conditions, diving boards can snap and cause divers to fall.
Diving boards should be routinely inspected by pool owners to ensure that they are safe and in good working condition. Boards that are old, cracked, and damaged should be replaced to avoid injuries. This also includes repairing or replacing diving board railings, steps, and rusted screws.
Lack of Signage
Pool owners should post signs about the depth of the water; without warning signs, it may not be clear to divers that the water in some areas of the pool is too shallow for diving. “No Diving” signs should be clearly posted. Diving boards that are closed or under repair should be clearly roped off and closed until they are safe for divers to use.
Common diving board injuries
Diving board injuries can range from minor cuts to serious back and spinal cord injuries. When pool owners fail to maintain their diving boards, the likelihood of injuries increases. While each case is unique, some of the most common diving board injuries include:
Slips, Trips, and Falls
There are many slippery surfaces near a pool, including on and around diving boards. When non-slip material is missing or worn through, diving board users may slip and fall, hitting their head for instance on either the board or the handrail. In serious fall cases, victims may hit their head on the surrounding concrete and suffer from a concussion or require stitches.
Cuts and Puncture Wounds
Puncture wounds and cuts can occur from bolts sticking out from the diving board or sharp edges surrounding the board. Open wounds should be carefully monitored for signs of infection. If a cut becomes infected, a minor injury can turn into a more serious complication that requires a medical professional’s attention.
Broken bones can occur because of slip and falls on or near the diving board. Arms, legs, teeth, and other bones can be injured in a diving board accident.
Head and Neck Injuries
Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, can occur when divers slip and fall, especially when divers land and hit their head on the board, surrounding concrete area, or railing.
Back and Spine Injuries
When a diving board unexpectedly breaks or becomes unaffixed, the timing of a diver’s jump may be completely thrown off. Divers may scrape their back on the diving board or land on their back when they hit the water. In serious cases, a broken diving board may cause divers to land in a position that permanently damages their spine.
what to do after a diving board injury
After a diving board injury, you may be unsure about what to do next. The steps below outline what you should do immediately following an injury as well as in the days and weeks afterwards.
1. Seek Medical Help
In serious cases, you should immediately seek medical attention, especially for potential head injuries that can be life-threatening. In mild cases, you may not feel as though you need medical attention; however, it is always a good idea to be checked by a doctor to detect any injuries that you may have incurred after a diving board accident. You should also pay attention to any signs and symptoms that occur in the days following the accident, as they may not be immediately noticeable.
2. Document Your Damage
As soon as possible, be sure to take photos of your injuries; this includes pictures of any broken bones, cuts, or other injuries. If possible, you should also take pictures of the broken diving board, worn material, or rusted bolts and screws. If any witnesses saw your diving board accident occur, be sure to obtain their contact information.
3. Keep Track of Your Expenses
In order to help you receive the compensation you may deserve after an injury, you will need to keep track of your expenses. This includes hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, and documented time taken off from work due to your injuries.
4. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
A diving board accident attorney near you may be able to assist you by ensuring you receive proper medical treatment, investigating the accident, interviewing witnesses, filing a lawsuit, negotiating a settlement, and going to trial if necessary. Additionally, an injury lawyer may help you deal with questions about hospital bills, how much your case may be worth, and the next steps that you should take in your case.
Liabilitiy for a Diving board injury
A number of parties may be liable for our injuries in a diving board accident. Besides possible negligence on the part of the pool owner, a design flaw, manufacturing error, or poorly maintained board can all contribute to your damage. Some of the parties who may be responsible for your injuries include:
When a diving board is poorly or incorrectly manufactured, it may fail to work as intended. For example, a board made of cheap material that cannot bear the amount of weight it claims to be able to support may be defectively manufactured.
A design flaw increases the chances of being injured by a diving board. For example, this could be a board that does not include no-slip material. If the design fails to include safety measures that are commonly used to prevent injuries, that is evidence of a design flaw.
Pool owners need to keep their properties reasonably safe and maintained. In the pool area, this includes ensuring that a broken diving board is fixed or removed; if a diving board cannot immediately be repaired, pool owners must alert visitors that the diving board is broken and should not be used. Pool owners who fail to take steps to warn guests that their diving board is “out of order” or “out of commission” could be held liable for a visitor’s injuries.
When a diving board is defectively made, the product manufacturer may be liable for the injuries that victims sustain. This could occur if the manufacturer used the wrong materials or screws.
What Compensation Can I Seek After a Diving Board Accident?
After an injury, you may be able to recover hospital bills, medical expenses, compensation for money lost due to time taken off work because of your injuries, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering. The circumstances of each case are unique, and a skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
If you were injured in an accident and want to file a lawsuit against the other party, you need to be aware of the time limits, or statutes of limitations, that are in place. Each state sets their own personal injury time period limitations, which usually range from two to six years. However, it is best to contact a diving board accident attorney as soon as possible to help you navigate the filing timeline and give them time to investigate the facts of your case.
Contact a Diving Board injury attorney
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have helped many victims get the compensation they deserved after suffering from diving board injuries. Our diving board accident lawyers have experience helping our clients seek compensation for hospital bills, time taken off work, pain and suffering, and much more.
We believe an accident victim should never have to worry about being able to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
If you were injured on a diving board, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with a diving board accident lawyer near you.