A vibrant swimming pool with crystal clear blue water and a bright yellow deck. A metal handrail for entering and exiting the pool is visible on the right side, contrasting with the intense yellow color of the deck. The reflection shimmers in the water, highlighting safety features to prevent pool accidents.

With the summer coming to a close and labor day quickly approaching, swimming pools will be used more than ever. It is important to understand the potential risks of swimming pool accidents and what your options are if you were hurt in one. Contact our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more.

What are the common causes of swimming pool accidents in Pennsylvania?

There are many causes of swimming pool accidents, however, many are the result of a negligent pool owner. A pool owner, like all other property owners, has a duty to ensure that their property is safe for those who enter it. If a pool owner failed to ensure their premises were safe and an injury results, the pool owner may be held liable. Some examples of a pool owner’s negligence can include the following:

  • Failing to install all proper covers, barriers, alarms, and fencing around the pool area
  • Failing to use all compliant drain covers
  • Swimming while under the influence, or allowing others to do so
  • Failing to tell all guests that there is no safe diving area, or where the safe diving area is located
  • Failing to remove all portable ladders while the pool is not in use
  • Failing to supervise small children in the pool, or leaving them unattended
  • Failing to ensure all children swimming are either tall enough to stand or are wearing proper floatation devices

If you were injured in a swimming pool accident as a result of a negligent pool owner, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our firm today to discuss your case’s viability.

Can I pursue legal action after a swimming pool accident?

You must be able to prove that your injuries after your swimming pool accident were due to the negligence of the pool owner in order to have a valid personal injury claim. The aftermath of a swimming pool accident can be detrimental to one’s life and future.

It is also important to note that the state of Pennsylvania has imposed a two-year statute of limitations. This means that if you fail to file your claim within two years of your accident, you may be barred from recovering the damages that you deserve. Do not wait. Reach out to an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing any important deadlines.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.