Sadly, many accidents in and around swimming pools happen because the owner of the land has been careless and hasn’t taken the time and effort to protect the people swimming
Swimming Pool Drowning Update 9/13/12: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release today stating that at least 137 children under the age of 15 drowned in a pool or spa during the summer 2012 season, which began on Memorial Day (May 28) and ended on Labor Day (Sept. 3). In addition to the fatalities, another 168 children required emergency medical treatment for accidents that occurred in pools and spas during that period. Click here to learn more.
Free Pool Drowning Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been involved in a swimming pool accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
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What’s the problem?
The legal term for carelessness is “negligence,” and this kind of case can be brought against the owner and / or the possessor of the property. These types of accidents often involve a failure to properly supervise swimmers. In public pools or camps where lifeguards are provided, lifeguards must be on duty and attentive at all times when the pool is being used. Deaths and severe injuries have occurred when lifeguards are lying down, reading, had their eyes closed, or were on a bathroom break.
Unfortunately, small children are the most frequent victims of drowning accidents, and the pool owner / operator has a duty to protect them. This may involve:
- Fencing to prevent small children from entering the pool area
- A gate with a latch too high for them to reach
- A cover when the pool isn’t in use
- Motion alarms to alert the owner that children are present
- Safety equipment like a shepherd’s hook and a ring buoy in good condition and quickly available
- First aid kit and a spinal board available, since diving accidents often cause spinal injuries
- Clear signs should be posted warning of all dangers (diving, running, swimming while intoxicated / without supervision)
Do I have a Swimming Pool Drowning Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Premises Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in swimming pool drowning lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.