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Drowning and Swimming Pool Injury Lawyers

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When people think of a swimming pool, they imagine kids laughing, food, and warm summer days. However, it does not mean that swimming pool accidents cannot occur. From, swimming pool slip and fall injury accidents to swimming pool drowning, anything can happen. It is important that you understand that if you have been injured at a swimming pool and are not at fault, you can seek damages. But, insurance companies usually do not pay what you deserve. Hence, you need to consider swimming pool injury lawyers. It would ensure that you get enough money to cover the challenges you go through. 

The Injury Firm has advocated for countless swimming pool accident victims and has helped them get compensated by insurance companies. Having recovered huge sums of money for our clients in damages, we are here for you. There is no reason for you to go at it alone. When you choose us, you would not need to worry about anything. We will hold the other party responsible for their negligence. Our experienced drowning injury lawyers have worked on many swimming accidental injury cases that involved seemingly harmless swimming pools.  

Pool owners must be held responsible for their negligence as a swimming pool accident can be hazardous. By ensuring that victims are compensated, it becomes possible for them to pay funeral expenses and medical bills as well as living costs if they are unable to go back to work following the accident. 

Swimming Pool Accidents

The truth is that swimming pool accidents are more common than you think. They are an everyday part of life. With millions of residential and commercial pools across the country, people rely on swimming pools to beat the heat and have a great time. However, a lack of maintenance, safety measures, and proper supervision can result in the swimming pool becoming deadly, especially if there are toddlers and young children involved. 

Drowning is the main cause of injury and death among children aged 1 to 4 in the United States. This is why swimming pools are considered dangerous for kids. Around 66% of drowning deaths occur in swimming pools. Now, it is worth mentioning that people who regularly use a swimming pool can be unaware of just how dangerous it can be to swim without proper supervision. Unintentional drowning is thought to be one of the most common causes of death regardless of age. However, young children such as toddlers are at the highest risk. Similarly, the elderly are also at risk. 

If you or your loved one has been involved in a swimming pool accident, it is crucial that you file a lawsuit against the other party for premises liability. A swimming drowning accident lawyer will ensure that you receive proper compensation.

Causes of Drowning Deaths

Generally, the majority of drowning deaths are entirely preventable. Pool owners and parents need to be aware of the risk. This is especially true if young children who are unable to swim end up using the swimming pool. Although there are various causes of drowning, CPR training, proper equipment, and supervision can make all the difference. They can help provide a safe space for people of all ages to enjoy a swim. 

Lack of Supervision

Drownings are also known as silent catastrophes. The reason behind this is that they can happen quietly and quickly. It is possible for a child to drown within just a few minutes. In fact, it takes the same amount of time as you take to respond to a phone call. 

Even if children have been provided formal swimming lessons, there is still a need to ensure that they are not left unattended. The CDC claims that most kids who have drowned in a swimming pool tend to be last seen at home and had only been unnoticed for 5 minutes before one of their parents realized what had happened. It is necessary for kids to be within arm’s reach when they go swimming.

 A young child must never be in a swimming pool unsupervised. Similarly, they must neither be in the care of another child. This means that an adult must be present at all times. In fact, the adult who is supposed to monitor the pool must never engage in any other activity such as reading or chatting with others. 

Even though most public pools have a lifeguard present, the mere presence of a lifeguard is just not enough. The lifeguard might not be able to listen to the child or see them just in time to prevent the drowning. It is more common for other swimmers or pool attendees to notice when a child drowns and do something about it until the lifeguard arrives. 

Lack of Barriers

Swimming pools must have adequate fencing to surround the water no matter the location. A failure to provide a barrier for preventing unsupervised children from entering the swimming pool can be considered negligence in the court.

The CDC has concluded that more than half of all drowning deaths among children can be avoided by adding four-sided fencing to separate the swimming pool from the house. However, the fences will need to be more than four feet high. Otherwise, they would be ineffective. In addition to this, gates need to open outwards and be self-latching and self-closing. The latches which offer access to the swimming pool have to be out of reach of small children.

Although many families use portable, inflatable pools. These pools may also prove dangerous for kids. The reason behind this is that the pool would have flexible sides which could collapse and cause children to fall inside and drown. The fact is that above-ground swimming pools require similar fencing protection as built-in ones. 

Lack of Proper Flotation Devices

Foam toys, inflatables, and water wings only serve recreational purposes. According to government institutions, only life jackets are considered appropriate. Children, as well as inexperienced swimmers, must wear proper safety devices in order to ensure that they do not drown, whether in a swimming pool or on a boat.  

Lack of CPR Training

Knowing how to perform CPR can prevent the possibility of anyone drowning. If a bystander is able to perform CPR before the emergency personnel reaches the destination, children would have a much higher rate of survival. In fact, there would be a much lower chance of brain damage. 

Slips and Falls

The tiled or concrete walking area around the private or public pool is likely to become slippery. This is why it could easily create a risky situation where kids could end up falling into the swimming pool. Although slipper walkways can harm anyone, young children are most likely to fall. If someone’s head is hit when they fall, they could be knocked unconscious. Therefore, children should not be engaged in horseplay when they are near the poolside. 

Improper Drain Coverings

If the pool drains are not properly fitted with a safety covering, they can end up becoming hazardous. In case the drain does not get checked for compliance, it is possible for swimmers to drown due to their feet getting caught. It is due to this reason that parents must tell their little ones to keep away from drains.

Crowds

When there is a large crowd, it is easy to lose sight of your child. It is vital that parents take special care when they take their child for a swim. If the swimming pool is crowded, their child should be at arm’s length. It is possible for barbeques and parties to become a hazardous situation if precautions are not taken. Parents might think that someone else is looking after their kids when that is not the case. In fact, the noise could prevent people from noticing that a child has drowned. A chaperon should be designated during social gatherings to ensure that your little one is safe. 

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File a Premises Liability Lawsuit

People do not realize that a swimming pool can cause injuries and even death. Since precautions can prevent the accident from occurring, you have a right to do something about it. If you or your child has been harmed at a swimming pool, it is important that you file a premises liability lawsuit. It would ensure that you are compensated for the injuries or death of a loved one. You must get in touch with The Injury Firm if you want to take action due to someone’s negligence. Although no amount of money would be able to compensate for the debilitating injury, an accident lawsuit will ensure that your family gets back on its feet and that nobody encounters a future tragedy. 

The Injury Firm is highly experienced and knows how to get the justice you deserve. No matter what the circumstances might be, we will get to the bottom of it so that you are fairly compensated. Our swimming pool accident lawyers know how to represent clients and will go out of their way for you. Hence, all you need to do is reach out to us. 

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