Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of visitors at public and private pools, springs, and beaches. They are stationed to enforce the swimming safety rules so that all people can enjoy the area with less risk of an accident. Unfortunately, sometimes the lifeguard supervision provided is inadequate and increases the chance of injury or drowning.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of poor lifeguard supervision, the pool staff or owner may be liable for the accident. To learn more about your rights, call Racine lifeguard negligence lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.
Lifeguards are responsible for enforcing the rules of the water, such as no running, no diving in shallow water, and no food or drink in the pool. Lifeguards must also look out for warning signs that may indicate a health problem or other trouble and watch for swimmers who are inexperienced or fatigued. The chance of an accident may be small, but a lifeguard must be constantly ready to take action if necessary.
Failed lifeguard supervision can occur for a number of reasons. A poorly trained lifeguard may not be able to respond appropriately in a dire situation by either not noticing a danger or by aggravating the accident by panicking or stalling. An inattentive lifeguard who has become complacent and bored may not bother checking the pool as frequently as he or she should.
Additionally, pools that are understaffed have an increased risk of an accident because there are not enough lifeguards to adequately watch the entire area. Any of these shortcomings could lead to severe injury or even death.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of inadequate lifeguard supervision, consider consulting with a personal injury lawyer immediately. The pool staff or owner may be liable for a poorly run facility and your family may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.