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Pool Drownings on Government Land

Different rules apply when you’re suing a local, state, or federal government entity as opposed to a private party in a drowning accident lawsuit. If you were unfortunate enough to lose a loved one in a drowning accident on government property, be advised of the laws as well as your rights in pursuing a lawsuit

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 Drowning Accident Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or drowned in an accident on government land, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

Learn more by visiting our law firm’s pool accident home page: Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer

What’s the problem?

Governments generally have the same duty to maintain property in a safe condition and to avoid carelessness as private and commercial landowners. The difference, however, lies in the procedures for suing them and the amounts of money that can be collected for damages.

The federal government and all states have laws that set out how governments can be sued in the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA). Under the FTCA, the federal government is legally responsible for injuries in the same way private landowners would be in the location where the accident happened. So if you are injured on federal land because of government negligence, it would be the tort liability law of the state where the land is located that would govern your case, but you would still need to follow all the procedural requirements of the FTCA.

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to protect people from all the hazards in parks and natural areas or to warn them of every swimming hazard in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Governments may only be liable for injuries if they operate an area for swimming and recreation. For your safety, always be wary of swimming in unfamiliar waters and never assume that all hazards will be posted.

Do I have a Drowning Accident 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 drowning accident lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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