Some pools and spas are obviously dangerous and should be avoided. For instance, pools and spas with dirty water, rusted or corroded ladders, or bottoms obscured by cloudy water or debris may pose a health risk to anyone who uses them. However, dangerous parasites cannot always be seen by the naked eye. These microscopic creatures can cause serious health complications, or even death, to swimmers.

If you were injured or felt sick after swimming in a pool or spa, Zinda Law Group may be able to help; our team has helped countless individuals gain compensation for their injuries. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group know how to investigate your case and may be able to identify who is liable for your injuries. Contact us today at (800) 863-5312 for your free consultation; you do not pay us unless we are successful in winning your water illness-related case.

different types of water illnesses

Pools and spas must be treated with the appropriate chemicals, such as chlorine, in order to kill off dangerous bacteria and parasites. Owners and operators who do not properly treat their pools or spas are placing swimmers at risk of serious illness, or even death. Further, the owners or operators may be found legally responsible for the losses and expenses swimmers may suffer as a result of a subsequent water illness. Below are examples of different types of illnesses a swimmer may contract as a result of a poorly maintained pool or spa.


Cryptosporidiosis is a disease caused by a microscopic parasite. This parasite has an outer shell that allows it to survive outside of the body of an animal or human for long periods of time. The shell of the parasite also makes it very resistant to chlorine and chlorine-based disinfectants. Cryptosporidiosis has become recognized as one of the most common causes of waterborne diseases in humans in the United States. Cryptosporidiosis may cause serious gastrointestinal distress, such as diarrhea, in those who contract the disease.

Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia, typically contracted by inhaling a certain bacterium from water or soil. Legionnaires’ disease is frequently associated with the following signs and symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Confusion

Those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to developing an infection due to exposure to the legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease may be extremely serious and may lead to a number of life-threatening complications, such as respiratory failure, septic shock, and acute kidney failure. If not properly and promptly treated, Legionnaires’ disease can be fatal, so it is important to seek immediate medical care if you are showing any signs or symptoms of the deadly disease.


Pseudomonas is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in soil and in water; it can cause infections in the blood and lungs in humans. Unfortunately, pseudomonas is often difficult to treat, as it is becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. This multidrug-resistant bacterium is the third most commonly reported recreational water illness found in the United States, causing an estimated 32,600 infections among hospitalized patients in 2017 and approximately 2,700 deaths in the United States in the same year.


Norovirus is a very contagious virus that may cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain. Norovirus spreads very easily and very quickly; it is possible to get norovirus from having direct contact with an infected person, consuming contaminated food or water, or by touching a contaminated surface and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth. Norovirus is considered the fourth most commonly reported disease caused by water illness outbreaks.

If you or a loved one has contacted a disease after swimming in someone else’s pool or spa, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pharmaceutical costs, and other related expenses. Contact an experienced Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today to discuss your case. We understand your circumstances are unique; still, we have the ability to guide you through the entire legal process and may be able to answer any questions you have regarding your water illness claim.

will i always receive compensation if i become sick after swimming?

There is no guarantee that you will always receive compensation if you become sick after swimming in someone else’s pool or spa. In order to receive compensation, there must be a thorough investigation into your case. Further, you must be able to present certain evidence. This evidence must establish the following:

1. You did, in fact, succumb to a water illness. You must be able to prove that you suffered an illness that is directly related to exposure to another individual or entity’s pool or spa; it is important, therefore, to seek immediate medical attention if you believe you have been in contact with harmful waterborne bacteria. A medical professional will be able to properly diagnose your damages and create an official medical report; this report may serve as valuable evidence when determining liability.

2. There was a careless or negligent party who is responsible for exposing you to the water illness. In other words, you must be able to prove that another individual, company, or other entity acted in a way that was unreasonable, careless, or negligent and that these actions caused you to contract the bacteria. For example, a pool owner may be found to be acting unreasonably if he or she fails to properly treat the pool with the appropriate chemicals for an extended period of time.

3. You did not contribute to your injuries. For instance, if you felt sick after swimming in your neighbor’s pool, but failed to seek medical attention, you may not be able to receive compensation for any injuries that have been exacerbated due to the lack of medical care.

If you have suffered injury after swimming in another individual’s or entity’s pool or spa, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Zinda Law Group today to discuss your case. Our team has the ability and resources necessary to investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

what kind of compensation may i be entitled to?

If you have developed an illness after swimming in someone else’s pool or spa, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. There are two main kinds of compensation, or damages, that you may be entitled to; these are referred to as “economic” and “non-economic” damages and will vary from case to case.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are those damages meant to compensate the victim for their out-of-pocket expenses. These damages can be easily calculated by combining bills, receipts, and invoices. Examples of economic damages may include pharmaceutical bills, physical therapy costs, and related hospital expenses.

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages are subjective and more difficult to calculate when compared to economic damages. Examples of non-economic damages may include compensation for emotional distress, disability and disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.

If you have been injured due to a water illness and find yourself asking: “Is there a personal injury lawyer near me?” contact Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Our attorneys are available nationwide to discuss your case and to help you seek the maximum amount of compensation available in your water illness claim.

Contact an experienced zinda law group personal injury attorney today to discuss your water injury case

Parasites and dangerous bacteria are not easily detected and can thrive in pools and spas, even those treated with chemicals. These creatures may cause serious health complications in swimmers, especially for swimmers who are very young, elderly, or have a weakened immune system. It may be difficult to recover financial compensation after falling victim to a water illness; that is why you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately if you feel sick after swimming.

At Zinda Law Group, we believe each one of our clients deserves top quality legal representation without the stress of paying legal fees immediately out of pocket. That is why our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis; that means that your obligation to pay us is contingent upon a successful outcome in your unique case. Working on a contingency fee basis gives our personal injury attorneys an added incentive to work strategically, quickly, and successfully on each one of our cases.

If you have been diagnosed with a water illness after swimming in someone else’s pool or spa and are looking for an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact Zinda Law Group today. Our team has the ability and resources necessary to help you, guiding you through the entire legal process.

Contact our team today at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free consultation. We are here for you and your family through this difficult time. As always, you will not pay us a thing unless we are successful in winning your case; that is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

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