A bright orange life preserver ring with white straps and ropes floats on the sparkling blue water of a swimming pool. The sunlight reflects off the water, creating a vibrant and inviting scene, perfectly showcasing the allure of a summer day spent by the swimming pool.

Summer days call for festivities in the swimming pool, so long as safety is kept at the top of your mind. That is, although it is not popularly addressed, pools can leave you at great risk for injury if the property owner does not practice the appropriate safety protocols and upkeep the proper maintenance. Continue reading to understand what you should do in the unfortunate event that you find yourself in a swimming pool accident and how an experienced York County, PA premises liability attorney at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein can work on your behalf to hold the property owner accountable. 

What are swimming pool safety tips I should follow to avoid an accident?

Even if you are not the property owner, it is in your best interest to look after your safety and take reasonable care before entering a swimming pool. Here are some safety tips you should follow to avoid an accident:

  • Make sure that you and other swimmers are aware of the shallow parts of the pool, so that you do not attempt to dive into these spots.
  • Make sure that you and other swimmers are capable of swimming in the deep parts of the pool that you cannot comfortably stand in.
  • Ensure that minor children are never left unattended in or around the pool.
  • Ensure that someone present on the property is trained to perform CPR in case of an emergency.
  • Ensure that you and other swimmers do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Ensure that all electronic devices are not placed near the pool.
  • Ensure that the proper covers, alarms, barriers, and fencing is surrounding the pool.
  • Ensure that the pool has drain covers.
  • Ensure that you stow away the portable latter when the pool is not in use for the safety of the minor children present.

What should I do after being involved in a swimming pool accident?

If you were injured in a swimming pool accident due to hazardous conditions brought on by the property owner’s breach of their duty of care, you may be due compensation via a premises liability claim. To fulfill the burden of proof for your case, you should collect the following pieces of evidence:

  • Any photos and videos of the scene, such as your injuries, damages, and any hazardous conditions that led to the accident occurring.
  • Any medical documentation and medical bills relating to your treatment for your accident-related injuries.
  • The witness’ contact information, so that they may later provide witness testimonies, photos, or videos.
  • A copy of the police report that was filed at the scene.

The statute of limitations for a premises liability claim in the state of Pennsylvania is generally two years from the date of your accident. So, contact a York County, PA personal injury attorney before it is too late. 


If you need legal assistance with personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more, contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.