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Hot tub and pool chemicals are causing infections in a growing number of swimmers. Hot tub chemicals can cause chlorine burns, folliculitis, aggravation of the hair follicles, Legionnaires Disease, or skin scarring.

Hot tub injury lawsuits have been filed throughout the country, in both state and Federal Court, against hotels, ski houses, beach houses, and cruise ships departing. Recently, a Maryland man filed a federal complaint alleging a Carnival cruise ship’s hot tub caused a skin condition that required extensive surgery. Carnival and other cruise lines have settled hot tub infection cases for millions of dollars.


The Center for Disease Control maintains a list of observations that should be made prior to entering the hot tub:

  • No odor; a well-chlorinated hot tub has little odor. A strong chemical smell indicates a maintenance problem.

  • Smooth hot tub sides; tiles should not be sticky or slippery.

  • Hot tub equipment is working; pumps and filtration systems make noise and you should hear them running.

  • Hot tub temperature; the water temperature should not exceed 104°F (40°C)

  • Check the hot tub water; test for adequate free chlorine (2–4 parts per million or ppm) or bromine (4–6 ppm) and pH (7.2–7.8) levels using hot tub test strips.


The Center for Disease Control also maintains a list questions to ask the hot tub owner or staff before entering the hot tub. Those questions include:

  • What was the health inspector’s grade for the hot tub after its last inspection?

  • Are chlorine and pH levels checked at least twice per day?

  • Are these levels checked during times when the hot tub is most heavily used?

  • Are trained operation staff available during the weekends when the hot tub is most heavily used?

  • What specialized training did the staff take to prepare for working at or operating a hot tub?


If someone you know develops a serious skin infection or respiratory infection after using a hot tub on a cruise ship, at a gym or spa facility, or in a hotel or rental property (including AirBnB), they may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation. Contact hot tub injury lawyer Michael F. Niznik for a free consultation. We handle cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey and our network of attorneys handles cases throughout the country. Our office maintains multiple locations to better serve our customers and we can be reached 24/7 a 267-589-0601.

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