Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys
Swimming pool accidents are much more common that most people believe. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free evaluation.
Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages one through four after birth defects? Most of these drownings of young children occur in swimming pools. Of course, people of any age can and do suffer swimming pool accidents. Slip and fall accidents on decks, near drownings, malfunctioning diving boards, or other pool-related accidents can cause serious injury. If you’ve been injured in an accident such as these at either a private or public pool, you may need the services of a swimming pool accident lawyer. Property owners have a duty to maintain a safe setting for visitors; unfortunately, not all pool owners take this duty seriously.
Swimming Pool Accidents and Liabilities
Owners of swimming pools must maintain their swimming pools so that they are safe; this means that even barriers and property surrounding the pool must also be maintained for safety. A broken swimming pool ladder or a broken gate lock can lead to an unsafe situation–and a liability for the property owner.
Moreover, liabilities not only exist for the pool’s owner regarding their invited guests. Owners must also take care, according to most municipalities, to ensure that their swimming pool is safe for unintended pool visitors too. Many towns and cities require owners to have a fence around their pool with self-latching gates. In roughly 70% of residential drowning accidents, children were not expected to be in the pool swimming at the time of their deaths. Since homeowners cannot physically supervise their swimming pools day and night, they must install reliable safety measures to reduce the risk of a pool accident, not only for their own children, but for children who may trespass into their yards.
What Are Common Swimming Pool Accidents and Injuries?
Swimming pools are notorious for slip and fall accidents. Water creates slick surfaces that increase the risk for slips and falls. In addition to slip and fall injuries and drownings, some of the most common swimming pool accidents and injuries include:
- Near drowning or submersion injuries
- Pool slide injuries
- Diving injuries
- Pool toy entrapment / pool toy injuries
- Swimming pool drain injuries
- Electrical injuries
Many swimming pool accidents can be attributed to the swimmer’s inexperience or an individual’s disregard for pool warning signs. On the other hand, many accidents of this nature may be attributable to the pool owner’s negligence. Swimming pool owners may be deemed negligent for pool accidents in cases that involve:
- Failure to install or repair swimming pool anti-entrapment devices. For instance, all pools should have pool drain safety devices that prevent swimmers’ hair, limbs, or clothing from becoming caught in the drainage system.
- Lack of pool barriers or barriers that are in disrepair can increase the risk for swimming pool accidents.
- Lack of supervision (i.e. distracted lifeguard) or parental / adult supervision can lead to tragic circumstances at swimming pools.
- Excessively slippery surfaces pose a heightened risk of slip and fall accidents around pool areas. Cracked or uneven surfaces also heighten the risk for these types of injuries, which can be catastrophic.
How a Swimming Pool Accident Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, it’s important to understand that the pool’s owner may be at fault for failing to provide proper safety measures. Swimming pool accidents that involve drownings, near drownings, and serious injuries should be carefully investigated. A swimming pool injury attorney can help you collect the information you need in case you decide to sue the pool’s owner for damages.
If you’ve been injured in a pool accident, your injuries may prevent you from working. They may result in a life-long disability. If a loved one has drowned at someone’s pool, a drowning accident attorney will represent your family’s rights, helping you hold the negligent pool owner accountable for failing to provide proper pool safety measures.
Heidari Law Group Represents Clients Who Have Experience Swimming Pool Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, your swimming pool injury attorney can provide you with customized legal advice and representation. You may be entitled to compensation that includes:
- Lost work wages
- Loss of future work wages
- Medical expenses and future medical expenses (related to the injury in question)
- Medications related to the injury
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
The amount of compensation awarded to clients who win their cases varies. Your swimming pool accident lawyer from Heidari Law Group will strive to win the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured in a Swimming Pool Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a swimming pool accident, you should seek medical care right away. Even if you don’t suspect that your injuries are serious, many issues related to slips and falls, for instance, might not show up immediately. It’s important to have a physician evaluate your condition. If you do choose to file a suit at some point, this evaluation becomes evidence. If you put off seeking medical attention, the defendant could suggest that your injuries were not only more minor than you are reporting but possibly even incurred elsewhere.
After seeking medical care, you should contact your swimming pool injury attorney at Heidari Law Group so we can advise you from the start. It’s best to let our attorney, for instance, discuss your case with the property’s owners’ insurer should they try to contact you. You could inadvertently say something to damage your case. We will also gather any evidence such as accident reports on your behalf. Also, check out the 7 Reasons to Consider Hiring a Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer.
Some swimming pool accidents can be devastating. If the property owner was negligent in their duty to provide a safe setting, Heidari Law Group can help you hold them accountable. We’ll fight tenaciously to help you win the compensation you deserve for your experience.