Swimming Pool Injuries

Prior to becoming a lawyer, George Patterson worked as a lifeguard and a certified pool operator at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.  Public pools are required to have a certified pool operator on the the premises.  The operation of a large pool involves the use of dangerous chemicals.  These chemicals include muriatic acid and liquid chlorine.  Pool chemicals can result in serious burns and severe inhalation injuries.  The certified pool operator is responsible for the safe use of pool chemicals. 

Everyday before a pool is opened the water is supposed to be tested.  A pool operator is not supposed to let people in the pool until he or she has verified that the pool water is safe and a lifeguard is on duty.  Injuries to a swimmer from pool chemicals is a strong indication that the required safety protocols were not followed.

Pools are supposed to be adequately supervised.  The pool water should be clear so that the attending lifeguard can see the drain in the deep end of the pool.  Failure to maintain clear pool water jeopardizes the ability of a lifeguard to watch all swimmers.  Pools are also supposed to be adequately marked with warnings about locations where diving is prohibited.  George Patterson has litigated claims involving inadequate supervision of recreational activities that have resulted in paralysis. 

If you or a loved one has suffered a burn or inhalation injury at a swimming pool please contact attorney George Patterson at Reinstein, Glackin Patterson and Herriott for a free consultation at 301-383-1525.   The office is located in Bowie Maryland near the intersection of Route 301 and Route 50 in Prince George's County, Maryland.  RGPH also has an office in Rockville located next to the Circuit Court building. 

Each case is different.  Past records are no assurance that our lawyers will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case.


The Bowie and Rockville pool safety lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon HIll, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Riverdale.
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