A hot summer on the East Coast has New Englanders heading to the public pool or water park. Yet escaping the heat comes at a costly rate should you encounter chlorine poisoning
Blaming the owners of the pool may seem easy. After all, your serious symptoms resulted from swimming on their property. Receiving compensation, however, includes the proof of negligence.
If you are diagnosed with chlorine poisoning due to swimming in a public pool this summer, filing a personal injury claim may help you obtain compensation.
Symptoms of chlorine poisoning
In 2012 alone, over 4,800 people visited the hospital after swimming in pools with exposure to liquid and gas chlorine. Multiple life-threatening symptoms may occur should you experience chlorine poisoning.
Some symptoms include:
- Breathing difficulty
- Swelling throat
- Loss of vision
- Burning in the ears, nose and throat
- Skin irritation
If you experience chlorine poisoning symptoms after swimming in a public pool, visit a hospital as soon as possible. After receiving treatment, identify the steps to obtain retribution for your injuries.
Negligence is key to your personal injury claim
A significant step in identifying blame in your personal injury claim is to recognize negligence. Negligence occurs when a person or business has a duty of care to another but does not act carefully.
Public pool workers have a duty of care to put the correct and safe amount of chlorine in a pool. Public pool businesses have a duty of care to train pool workers to use a specific amount of chlorine in a pool. Perhaps management forgot to explain the serious side effects of chlorine poisoning to a worker, or perhaps a worker accidentally spilled too much chlorine in the pool.
Both scenarios show negligence. You had no way to prevent or believe that the swimming pool contained a deadly amount of chlorine, but the lack of care to resolve the issue and protect pool members proved inexistent.
You have the ability to seek damages in both New York and New Jersey if your personal injury case involves negligence. Though swimming in a public pool does have risks that can be prevented by your actions, a pool should be safely chlorinated for you and your family.