In a few weeks, summer will officially begin. As temperatures climb, many people will head to their neighborhood swimming pool to cool off during the hot summer months. While the majority of swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and water parks are safe for both public and private use, they can potentially be hazardous if the facility is not properly taken care of and maintained.
If you have been injured in a swimming pool accident and suspect you haven’t been treated fairly when making your personal injury accident claim, contact Linville Johnson to learn more about your options. Those affected and their families may be able to file a lawsuit and recover compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.
We offer free, no obligation consultations, and we can help you determine whether you have a claim. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected]
Swimming Pool Accidents
Thousands of Americans die each year in pool-related drowning accidents. According to the National Safety Council, more than 3,700 people drowned in 2016 in the United States.
Likewise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that an average of approximately 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings occurred annually in the U.S. between 2005 and 2014.
People of all ages can drown; however, unintentional drowning was the leading cause of preventable death for children aged 1 to 4 years, and most of those deaths occur in home swimming pools.
Drowning Risk Factors
According to the CDC, common risk factors for drowning include:
- Lack of ability to swim
- Lack of barriers, such as fencing
- Lack of supervision, including the lack of lifeguard presence
- Location of swimming pool or area
- Failure to wear life jackets
- Alcohol use
- Seizure disorders
Swimming Pool Accident and Drowning Prevention
In many cases, swimming pool accidents and drowning is preventable, and there are ways to prevent unintentional drowning and other swimming pool accidents, including:
- Be prepared and knowledgeable about swimming
- Take swimming lessons
- Use the buddy system – never swim alone
- Swim in areas with designated lifeguards
- Keep an eye on children, paying particularly close attention to toddlers and younger-aged children
- Establish barriers, such as fencing
- Properly maintain home pools, particularly drains
- Keep a first aid kit nearby
- Learn CPR and other emergency rescue techniques
What Should I Do If I’m Injured in a Swimming Pool Accident or If a Loved-One Drowns?
Swimming pool owners are obligated to perform routine inspections of their grounds to find any dangers or defects that could cause someone harm. Owners are also required to provide clear warnings of known hazards if they are not immediately able to take the appropriate steps to remove the dangers and prevent possible injuries to their customers or guests.
Local, state and federal laws often vary in terms of the obligations that swimming pool owners have; however, they are required to keep the land and other structures on their grounds reasonably safe for authorized visitors. Negligent acts on the part of property or home owners may include failure to maintain the pool area, failure to provide proper supervision, failure to have pool safety equipment available for swimmers.
If the pool owner fails to keep their premises reasonably safe and an individual is harmed or drowns, the law allows an injured party to pursue damages to recover those losses, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of ability to earn, and scarring and disfigurement.