Can I Collect Compensation After a Swimming Pool Accident?
Georgia summers are notoriously hot and many residents find themselves patronizing the local pool or water park to find some relief. Unfortunately, swimming pools also come with a certain amount of risk. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as ten people die from accidental drownings every day. To help prevent these types of accidents, the Georgia Department of Public Health requires public pools, spas, and water parks to conform to specific safety standards. Tragically, these rules are not always implemented, which can result in devastating injuries and even death for swimmers. If you live in Moreland or somewhere else in Coweta County and your child was recently injured in a swimming pool accident, it is critical to speak with an experienced premises liability attorney who can explain your legal options.State Regulations
Coweta County does not have its own swimming pool safety rules, but is still required to implement state regulations. These regulations require public pool owners and managers to implement specific safety features, including:
- Constructing handholds in water deeper than three and one half feet;
- Placing a rope marked with floats in the area between the shallow and deep ends;
- Using visible depth markers;
- Ensuring lifeguard attendance;
- Installing a fence that is at least four feet high around the property;
- Using proper drain covers;
- Posting safety signs and rules; and
- Ensuring access to lifesaving equipment, such as a flotation device, body hook, and telephone.
These regulations go a long way towards ensuring that swimmers are kept safe. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries still happen. Some of the most common causes include:
- Defective pool parts, including drains;
- A lack of lifesaving equipment;
- Improperly trained lifeguards;
- Damaged pool ladders;
- Improper pool design; and
- A lack of fencing around the pool area.
Failing to maintain a pool and its chlorine level can also cause serious and often deadly bacterial infections.Liability
Public pool owners are required to exercise a certain level of care in constructing, managing, and maintaining their premises. For this reason, they can be held liable for injuries sustained on their property if they breach that duty by failing to conform to the required health and safety standards. Manufacturers and retail sellers of pool equipment can also be held responsible if their negligent or reckless design, manufacture, or testing of a product contributed to a person’s accident.
Collecting compensation from the responsible parties is especially important in pool accident cases because the injuries tend to be severe and often include:
- Spinal cord damage, which can cause paralysis;
- Bacterial infections from unsanitary water;
- Traumatic brain injury, which is often the result of diving accidents; and
- Permanent brain damage from lack of oxygen.
These types of injuries are difficult and expensive to treat and in some cases, may leave a victim permanently disabled. However, if an injured party can establish that a pool or water park owner failed to adhere to required regulations, he or she may be able to collect compensation for these and other costs.How an Experienced Coweta County Premises Liability Attorney Can Help
If you live in or around Moreland and your child was injured in a swimming pool accident, please contact The Angell Law Firm, LLC at (770) 217-4954 to set up a free consultation with a dedicated premises liability attorney.