Avoiding Risky Scenarios in Swimming Pools & Other Bodies of Water
This spring and summer, millions of Americans will be enjoying the sun by their pool, the ocean, a lake or the river. As we enjoy the weather, The Doan Law Firm, P.C. wants to inform you of extra safety measures you can take for avoiding drowning accidents and of your rights in the event of a tragedy.
Spa and Swimming Pool Liability
Depending on a large number of factors, spa and pool owners can be held liable for any injuries or fatalities on or around their property. If the owners should of known or knew about any dangers on their premises, they can be held liable for any accidents that took place on or around their property. One such example of negligence is the failure to properly train and hire lifeguards. Owners of private pools have the duty to supervise swimmers at all times and they must properly restrict and/or lock access whenever lifeguards and staff aren't on duty to protect swimmers.
Additionally, they may be held liable for any injuries resulting from lack of maintenance, including but not limited to broken:
- Diving Boards
If the pool equipment is in any way defective, the pool equipment can be held liable, whether it's in the design or in the manufacturing. Furthermore, the company may also be held liable if they've failed to warn about the risk of their pool products. Pools hold the requirement of having working automatic external defibrillators and fully stocked first aid kits at all times.
Where Can an Aquatic Accident Occur?
Anywhere and at any time an accident related to water can occur. Particularly susceptible to this type of injury or fatality are young children.
Death or injury can even occur from:
- Mopping Buckets
- Small Puddles
- Negligence in the Daycare Center
Further Facts about Drowning Accidents
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), on any given day, approximately 10 people will die from unintentional drowning. Each year an additional 347 people will die from boating accidents. Males make up 80% of these fatalities.
Of water accidents, the top risk factors include, but aren't limited to:
- Failure to Wear Life Jackets
- Inadequate Swimming Ability
- Alcohol Consumption
- Lack of Close Supervision
- Lack of Barriers
There are a multitude of cases where water-related negligence might lead to serious injuries or even death. As an example, schools which require swimming as a part of their physical education program usually only have the requirement of only one adult to supervise all of the children in the entire class. This is something that makes it enormously difficult to safely watch every student in the entire class.
If a student drowns while under this type of supervision, it could constitute a lawsuit for wrongful death. If you speak to a drowning lawyer at The Doan Law Firm, we can help you know your rights for filing a lawsuit to receive justice and full restitution for suffering and compensation under the law.
National Drowning Lawyers at The Doan Law Firm
The drowning lawyers at The Doan Law Firm are strong advocates on behalf of all drowning victims and their families. If you or your loved one has suffered serious injury or your loved one has lost their life as a result of drowning, please call immediately to discuss your potential claim for compensation. We are strong advocates and accept cases nationwide.
All of our cases are on a contingency-only basis, and we only get paid after earning your fee. We work to ensure that you get the largest possible settlement and get the best possible representation for your claim. We staff actual attorneys, not call center representatives--24/7/365 to take your call, no matter the time of day or holiday--to discuss your claim. Call today at (800) 284-5983.