Tips for Preventing a Swimming Pool Accident
With summer quickly approaching, it is important to make sure that you and your kids stay safe while enjoying your favorite pastime – swimming, that is. Swimming pool accidents claim the lives of more than 350 children each year in the United States, with another 2,600 being treated for near-drowning injuries. This makes drowning the second leading cause of accidental death among children between the ages of 1 and 14. Don’t become another statistic!
Keep your kids safe this summer by following a few simple tips:
- Never leave your kids alone when they are around water.
- Insist that everyone in your family learn how to perform CPR.
- Make sure your pool is enclosed on all sides with a self-locking gate.
- If your child is missing, check the pool first – every second counts.
- Don’t let your kids run or horseplay when they’re near a pool.
- Only let your kids swim in a public pool when a lifeguard is on duty.
- Keep lifesaving equipment by the pool and know how to use it.
What are the Most Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents?
Most swimming pool accidents are caused by a lack of supervision or inadequate security. Whether you are at a public or private pool, you should never leave your children alone. It only takes a few seconds for drowning to occur. If you have a pool at home, you should also make sure that it is surrounded by a self-locking gate.
Statistics have shown that using four-sided fencing around a swimming pool can decrease the number of drowning-related injuries by 50 to 90%. For this reason, it may be a good idea to see if your neighbors or your children’s friends also have a protective gate around their pool. Even if your children aren’t going swimming, it’s easy for accidents to happen when they are left unsupervised around an ungated pool.
Determining Liability for a Swimming Pool Accident
When it comes to pool accidents, one of two parties is generally liable: the manufacturer of a defective product or the owner of the swimming pool. If a faulty drain cover, pool cover, toy or flotation device contributes to a drowning or near-drowning accident, for example, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer of that product.
If the accident was caused by a lack or maintenance or negligence, however, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the pool’s owner or operator. All property owners are responsible for providing their visitors with a reasonably safe environment—whether they own a house, hotel, public pool or apartment complex—which means that they may be liable.
Some of the most common examples of pool owner negligence include:
- Failing to post adequate warning signs around the pool.
- Failing to put a self-locking fence around the entire pool area.
- Failing to clear away debris that could cause a slip and fall.
- Failing to employ an adequate number of lifeguards.
- Failing to clean the pool regularly (resulting in murky water).
- Failing to repair a loose ladder or damaged pool steps.
How to Seek Compensation for a Pool-Related Injury or Death
If you or someone you love was hurt in a pool-related accident, you may have grounds to seek financial compensation. With the help of a Nashville personal injury lawyer from Bill Easterly & Associates, you can fight to hold the responsible party accountable. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of past clients, and we are ready to do the same for you. Call now to find out how we can put more than 25 years of legal experience to work for you.
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