Swimming pools are a great way to beat the summer heat, but the combination of water and concreate make them a prime location for accidents to occur. Tragically, drowning is the second leading cause of death in children and adolescents, and even though swimming pools should be places for recreation, they can end up costing someone their life. When you or your child are injured in a swimming pool accident, a qualified attorney can help you determine negligence on part of the owner and if you have a case.
The most common factors that lead to swimming pool accidents include:
Lack of supervision: While public swimming pools are not required to have a lifeguard on duty, pool owners must post a sign notifying clientele when there is not a lifeguard on duty. If no signage is posted or a lifeguard fails to complete his/her duties, the owner can be held liable for anyone who is injured.
Missing anti-entrapment devices: Swimming pool drains pose risks to people, especially young children. For this reason, federal law requires that all swimming pools have an anti-entrapment device installed to prevent swimmer’s hair, clothing, or limbs from being caught in the drainage system. Without an anti-entrapment device, potentially fatal injuries can occur.
Uneven/excessively slippery deck surfaces: Concrete is inherently slippery when wet, so pool owners must take precautions to keep deck surfaces as dry as possible to prevent falls. When owners fail to do so, people are often injured in slip and fall accidents. Uneven pool decks can also result in dangerous conditions for pool patrons.
If a member of your family was injured in an accident because of a swimming pool owner’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation. At DeSouza Law, we promise to fight on behalf of you and your loved one in your personal injury case. Contact us today to request your free consultation.