What is the Value of My Utah Swimming Pool Injury Claim?
Legal Disclaimer: The circumstances of every accident and the resulting injuries are very different, and only after reviewing your matter in a detailed legal consultation can an attorney give legal guidance. Moreover, a jury will determine the final value of your case.
This guide covers some basic information about getting compensated for a swimming pool accident in Utah. However, if you or your child was injured while swimming, or if a loved one was killed in a drowning accident, it’s important that you have personalized legal guidance specific to your injury claim. To arrange a free legal consultation with an experienced Utah swimming injury lawyer, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.
Filing a Lawsuit: Do I Have a Case for My Swimming Pool Accident?
Depending on how and why the accident happened, it may be possible for you and your family to recover compensation for the resulting pain, suffering, and financial hardship, including your anticipated losses and expenses. If the accident was of a preventable nature, and was caused by the negligence (failure to exercise due care) of a person or business, several parties may be liable for an injury or drowning death at a public pool, hotel pool, spa, water park, or residential backyard pool. These parties may include:
- Maintenance Workers
- Pool Owners
- Product Manufacturers
Attorney Darwin Overson will launch a comprehensive investigation into all aspects of the injury or death, bringing an extensive network of resources into your case. He will leave no detail unexamined when determining who was at fault for you or your child’s accident. Sources of pool injuries for which someone may be liable may include:
- Cracked or broken diving boards
- Defective life vests, flotation devices, or pool toys
- Electric shock hazards and electrocution hazards
- Improperly used cleaning chemicals
- Inaccurate depth markers
- Leaks and puddles that create slip and fall hazards
- Malfunctioning, defective drainage or suction systems
- Shards of glass or plastic in the pool
Getting Compensated for a Swimming Injury or Drowning Death in Utah
Compensatory and punitive damages may be available to the victim of a swimming pool injury in Utah, or the surviving relatives of a wrongful death victim. Compensatory damages are meant to help restore the victim’s losses. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant, and to serve as a deterrent against the same type of misconduct in the future. Punitive damages may be awarded in cases where the defendant committed extreme, egregious acts of wrongdoing.
Some compensatory damages, called “economic damages,” compensate financial losses, like medical bills, lost benefits, and lost earnings. Others, called “non-economic damages,” attempt to compensate pain and suffering.
Utah does not cap economic damages. The ultimate value of your case is determined by factors like the severity of the injuries, whether the accident was fatal, the financial support the victim was formerly providing, the extent to which the victim will need future care, and the medical costs you have incurred and are expected to incur.
Through tough negotiation, it may be possible to reach a settlement agreement without needing to take your case to court. Darwin will analyze your case to determine what sort of strategy is best suited to accomplishing the goal of obtaining compensation. Then, he will fight persistently and aggressively to recover as much compensation as possible on your behalf, always pushing for a settlement or verdict that accounts for your expenses, losses, and suffering to the fullest extent possible. One of Darwin’s roles is to protect your financial interests, so that you aren’t taken advantage of by a profit-hungry insurance company trying to make you accept a lower offer than you really deserve.
What is a Pool Injury Settlement Worth?
A verdict is a jury decision resulting from litigation in court (a lawsuit). A settlement is a mutual agreement before the case goes to court, thereby avoiding the need for a trial. Many cases resolve in a settlement without ever going to court. However, if a trial is necessary to defend your best interests as an injury victim, Darwin is more than prepared to build an aggressive courtroom strategy around every available piece of evidence.
Verdicts and settlements can vary tremendously from one case to another, from tens of thousands to millions, because each case has a unique set of facts and circumstances. In order to get an idea of how much your claim or lawsuit may be worth, you will need to consult with an experienced swimming accident attorney in Utah.
Was Your Child Injured in a Swimming Pool? Call Utah Personal Injury Lawyer Darwin Overson
If you, your spouse, your parent, or your son or daughter got hurt at a swimming pool in Utah, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 to set up a free consultation.