Spending time in a swimming pool can be a lot of fun. It provides a way to cool down, play, and exercise. But while there are many great things about swimming pools, they can also be a cause of serious injury or even death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005-2014, there was an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the U.S. To put this into perspective, this equates to about 10 deaths per day. Drowning is also the leading cause of unintentional deaths and injuries among children ages 1-4.
When individuals drown there is often no one else to blame, but in some cases – often those of a child drowning in a swimming pool – the pool’s owner or operator could be held liable if they have acted negligently.
Proving the Liability of Pool Owners A pool owner or operator can be found to be negligent if he or she fails to meet their duty of care. To keep pools safe, they must be properly maintained to ensure that any ladders, diving boards, and slides are held securely, steps aren’t chipped, shallow ends are marked and deep ends aren’t shallow.
While all pool owners or operators must maintain the pool safely and warn guests of any existing dangers, this duty is measured differently dependent upon whether it is a public or private pool.
A pool owner breaches their duty by failing to adhere to applicable safety ordinances, failing to adequately secure the pool area as required or failing to properly supervise users. You may require a swimming pool accident attorney if:
Whether they occur in the water or around its vicinity, there are many potential injuries that can occur as a result of pool accidents. Even non-fatal drowning incidents can result in severe brain damage, often leading to memory loss, learning disabilities, or even a permanent vegetative state.
The most common causes of pool-related injuries include:
When injury occurs, the pool owner may be found liable for any resulting damages such as medical bills for injuries; pain and suffering; lost wages; and emotional distress.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, we can help. Attorney Matthew Dreesen leverages a depth of experience with swimming pool cases. At Dreesen Law we believe that you should receive payment for your injuries, pain and suffering. That’s why we will work hard to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
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