Swimming Pool Accidents
There are not too many places our friends and family like to visit more than a cool, refreshing swimming pool during the summertime. With sun-soaked decks and sparkling water, swimming pools attract just about everyone and provide for endless fun and enjoyment. However, the innate desire to be around a swimming pool poses a tremendous safety concern for both swimming pool inhabitants and the people responsible for keeping the swimming pool safe.
Each year, thousands of adults drown or are seriously injured in a swimming pool. However the numbers are even more illuminating when examining how and when children are at a swimming pool or water park. A child 4-and-under is 14 times more likely to die in a swimming pool than a motor vehicle accident. Even for those children ages 1 to 14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death. Sadly, there have been reports of a child who drowned in less than two minutes in less than two inches of water.
Pools are located a wide variety of places, each raising its own level of concern for parents, children, and those person responsible for making sure the premises are kept safe. Whether the swimming pools are located at hotels, neighborhood pools, apartment pools, or water parks, the owners and operators of these recreational areas owe all of those people who visit a certain level of care. If your child, teenager, brother, sister, parent, or any other family member is injured at a swimming pool, the swimming pool accident attorneys at The Angell Law Firm encourage you to call us at (770) 217-4954, so we can help you obtain a just settlement or verdict for your family.
One of the most common misconceptions is that the presences of a certified lifeguard will keep your children safe. However, considering that all lifeguards are people and people make mistakes and considering that most lifeguards are in their late teens, it is illuminating to know that almost 20% of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present. Georgia courts have already recognized an applicable lifeguard standard of care and the swimming pool accident attorneys at The Angell Law Firm are equipped and ready to conduct the evidentiary investigations and legal research necessary to determine whether your loved one was hurt because of a negligent lifeguard.
When examining the source or cause of liability in a swimming pool accident case, the vast majority of successful legal claims rest on the negligence of the swimming pool operator or owner. As one can imagine, there are a substantial number of moving parts and key places that must be maintained properly to prevent unnecessary injury and death.
The first line of defense in protecting children from serious injury and drowning is ensuring that they can’t access the pool when they are not supposed to be there. If a child does make it near or in the pool when there is no supervision, an experienced swimming pool accident attorney is going to investigate whether the pool was properly enclosed with a fence that is at least 4 feet high. Secondly, we would investigate the presence of a broken or defective gate and its lock. To guard against liability, the owner of the premises must provide a locking mechanism that reasonably designed to protect your children. If they have failed to meet their burden of care based on their duty to you and your children, the swimming pool accident attorneys at The Angell Law Firm will pursue all available legal means to ensure that you recover whatever is fair and just based on the injuries of the specific case.
Suppose you are attending a neighborhood pool party and you are just a few feet away from your children who are happily playing in the swimming pool. Someone else’s negligence could still injure your child. There are many factors that may give rise to liability, one of which is the visibility and clearness of the water. If the water is too cloudy, there may not be enough time to rescue a submerged child because the lifeguard or parent may not see the submerged child or see the signs of distress. The statistics on the length of time it takes to discover a submerged child are chilling. Over 90% of children who survive were discovered within two minutes of being submerged, and 86% of the children who drowned were not discovered until 10 minutes after submersion.
Just about every spa, hot tub, or swimming pool utilizes a dynamic flow of water. There is almost always some form filtration system in place to cycle the water and to keep it clear. Furthermore, almost all pools and hot tubs contain a drain at the bottom when it becomes necessary to empty the contents. These drains and suction outlets are another primary source of danger.
In June of 2002, the granddaughter of former Secretary of State, James Baker III, Virginia Graeme Baker, died in a tragic accident when the suction from a spa drain trapped her underwater. On December 19, 2008, the United States passed a federal law in her honor to prevent this sort of accident from occurring again. If your child is injured because of a defective suction drain, the swimming pool accident attorneys at The Angell Law Firm are going to investigate as whether the drain covers in question are compliant with ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 2007 standards.
While drowning is obviously the most serious of injuries, swimming pool accidents result many other serious injuries. If cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is needed to save a child and they are saved from death, they are often left with some sort of neurological/brain injury that could impact them for the rest of their life.
If your child or loved one has been injured in any form at a swimming pool, water park, or hot tub, please consult with one of our swimming pool accident attorneys at The Angell Law Firm today at (770) 217-4954. This article merely scratches the surface of issues, regulations and compliance standards required to keep children and adults safe. Give yourself the peace of mind of talking to an experienced swimming pool accident attorney and begin the road towards recovery with the proper legal help.