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Chlorine exposure at pool may lead to premises liability claim

Residents of all states, including those in Nevada, are likely aware of the dangers that can be posed by public swimming pools. Owners of such facilities have the responsibility of ensuring that the water is clean and that the required chemicals are added in the correct quantities. Swimming pool injuries are not uncommon at this time of the year, and owners of public facilities may have to face premises liability claims if they are deemed negligent.

A family in another state reported that their daughter landed in the emergency room of a hospital after spending an afternoon at a public pool. The father said that his 13-year-old daughter complained that it felt like her body was on fire after swimming in the pool. He suspected that it was only sunburn, but when she complained that she was also feeling the pain in her throat and on the inside of her mouth, he decided to take her to the emergency room.

The doctor at the emergency room told them she had suffered chemical burns, and she was prescribed medication. The Centers for Disease Control says chlorine exposure can be dangerous, and symptoms include itchy or burning eyes and blurred vision, itchy skin and/or throat, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting. It is advised that the exposed person change his or her clothes, rinse the body with clean water and seek medical attention.

If swimming pool injuries -- including chlorine exposure -- occurred at a public facility in Nevada, and medical expenses were incurred in treating the injuries, victims may pursue recovery of damages. A premises liability claim may be filed in a civil court. Negligence on the part of the property owner will have to be established before the court will enter a monetary judgment and adjudicate documented claims for financial and other losses.

Source: wbir.com, "Family believes pool left daughter with chlorine burns", Michael Crowe, June 10, 2016

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