In the heat and humidity of the summer, swimming pools can offer cool relief and a reason to spend time outdoors with friends and family in otherwise unpleasant weather. But swimming pools come with great risk as well – nine people drown each day in the United States. Drownings are also the second-leading cause of fatalities among children. Even nonfatal near-drowning incidents can leave adults and children with life-altering injuries like internal organ damage.
Injuries or accidents can occur at private pools, community or public pools, or residential pools. They can also occur in inflatable pools that are commonly referred to as kiddie pools. Public pools are usually required by law to have lifeguards on duty, particularly where children under the age of 16 are in the pool without parental or guardian supervision. Lifeguards are also usually required to be on duty at wave pools, water slides, and water parks. For swimming pools, many times there must be one lifeguard per 100 bathers or 2,000 square feet of water. Injuries and drownings occur despite lifeguard staffing, especially when lifeguards are distracted or understaffed. Private pools must abide by state laws but may have additional staffing or rules about pool usage. If you are injured at a private or public pool, you may have a claim against the property owner, property manager, or other responsible party if their negligence led to your injury.
However, many swimming pool accidents happen at home or at a friend’s home. Because people’s home pools aren’t bound by the same regulations for fencing and supervision that public-access pools are, drownings and severe injuries are more common in places where people feel most comfortable.
Common swimming pool accident injuries include:
Swimming pool accidents fall under an area of law called premises liability. You may have an accident injury claim if the following can be proved:
Essentially we are trying to determine if the property owner was negligent and if that negligence caused your injury. Negligence around swimming pools could include:
Each year there are a multitude of accidents involving children and pools. Please consider the below resources.
If you or someone you love have been hurt in a swimming pool accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim for the damages you have suffered. These can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical therapy, and more. This is where competent legal representation can help you through these troubled and stressful times. At America Law Center we take on the paperwork and frustration of dealing with insurance companies, other parties, and more so that you can focus on healing and recovering from the incident. America Law Center will be there to see you through your injury or tragedy.
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