Drowning & Related Injury Lawyers
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning remains a public health concern, ranking as the third leading cause of unintentional injury death and accounting for seven percent of all injury-related deaths.
Drowning and near drowning accidents can occur even in presumably safe environments. Each summer, stories of drowning and near drownings are reported at public pools, hotels, theme parks, and water parks. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ten accidental drowning deaths occur every day. In the home, countless young children annually fall victim to drowning in unattended pools and water buckets.
Who is Responsible?
Various parties can be held liable in a drowning accident. If it was a defective product that caused the drowning, then the product’s maker would be responsible. If it was due to the negligence of a business owner, pool owner, or waterfront owner, then that individual would be held responsible if they were proven to be negligent.
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another. This occurs when the owner of a public swimming area has not properly maintained the property. Pool and waterfront owners are obligated to keep their grounds and equipment in good working order, and ensure the safety of their guests by posting adequate signage and providing trained lifeguards.
Different states have different laws governing the liability of swimming area owners for drowning or near drowning accidents that occur on their property. Drowning accidents that occur on city, state or federal properties are governed by still different statutes. It is essential to discuss your potential case with one of our catastrophic injury lawyers to fully understand your rights.
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents, Drownings, and Injuries
Some negligent acts that are known to contribute to drownings and related injuries include:
- Broken pool drains or pumps
- Defective pool equipment
- Failure to adequately secure a pool area from children
- Failure to employ a lifeguard
- Failure to have or maintain life-saving equipment
- Failure to have proper pool safety equipment
- Failure to have staff who are certified in CPR
- Failure to post emergency numbers
- Failure to supervise inexperienced swimmers
- Horseplay in or around the pool
- Inadequate supervision of children at the pool
- Negligent maintenance of the pool area
- Negligent supervision by a lifeguard
- Use of drugs and/or alcohol at the pool
If your loved on was seriously injured due to another person’s negligence, you have rights that entitle you to financial compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact our team today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.