FL Pool Decks And Fall Injuries
Pools and their surrounding decks are common features of residential and commercial properties throughout Florida, offering a refreshing escape from the heat. While many residents and visitors make wonderful memories at Florida pools, it is also important to remember that pool decks can present accident risks, such as slip, trip, and fall injuries on pool decks.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa pool deck accident, it is essential to seek guidance from an injury lawyer to protect your rights. A skilled lawyer will explore the possibility of a premises liability claim and other financial recovery options.
Premises Liability and Dangerous Pool Deck Conditions
Premises liability is the legal responsibility of property owners to maintain safe conditions for those who visit their premises. While this does include inside spaces, guests to outdoor spaces are also protected under premise liability rules. So, when it comes to pool decks in Florida, property owners, including homeowners and businesses, have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent guest and visitor injuries. Duty of care could include regularly inspecting and repairing potential hazards and adequately warning visitors of any known dangers, for example.
Some conditions that could contribute to a slip, trip, and fall accidents on a pool deck include the following:
- Walking surfaces are slippery. It Is understood that pool decks may become wet with splashed water, but adequate drainage is required and spilled fluids and beverages need to be cleaned up as soon as they are recognized. Additionally, there are proper precautions that can be employed, such as anti-slip coatings or textured surfaces.
- Cracked or damaged surfaces. Pool decks with uneven surfaces can be tripping hazards, especially if there are gaps or height differences between decking materials, loose pavers, or deteriorating concrete.
- Lack of appropriate lighting. During evening hours, low-light conditions can be challenging. Poor visibility increases the likelihood of trips and falls in many situations, including when pool users are unable to see potential accident hazards on pool decks.
- Lack of guardrails. There are often areas of a pool deck, such as surrounding stairways and ramps, where properly installed handrails are crucial for stability. These safety features help to prevent falls. When adequate implementation of guardrails, handrails, and any other necessary assists are not in place, a property owner could be held liable for accident injuries.
Injuries due to a slip, trip, or fall on a Florida pool deck should be treated by a medical professional as soon as possible. Next, if you believe you have a right to injury compensation, connect with a Florida personal injury lawyer to have the details of your case assessed and the strength of your claim determined.
Have you been recovering from a pool deck injury? There are many factors to premises liability, seek the assistance of the skilled legal experts at Roman & Roman to determine if a dangerous pool deck owner can be held responsible. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience. Schedule your fee-free, no-obligation consultation today.
Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.