Swimming Pool Dangers

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 4:45pm by

Swimming pools offer people a fun way to cool off on a hot summer day, but they can also be very dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 200 children under the age of 15 drown in pools or spas between Memorial Day and Labor Day each summer. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites drowning as the second leading cause of death for children ages one to 14. When designed, maintained, secured and supervised properly, swimming pools can be safe places for both kids and adults. But when a pool owner acts negligently, accidents can happen. Victims of swimming pool accidents may be entitled to compensation under premises liability law and should learn about their legal rights from an experienced Atlantic City injury attorney.

Swimming Pool Accidents and the Injuries They Cause

Some swimming pool accidents are the result of human error, while others are caused by defective equipment. Examples include:

  • Drowning and near-drowning
  • Slip and falls
  • Diving board and waterslide accidents
  • Accidents involving uncovered drains
  • Heater explosions
  • Malfunctioning electrical equipment
  • Excessive levels of chlorine
  • Bacterial contamination

Some of the injuries that can be sustained in pool accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back injuries
  • Joint and muscle injuries
  • Broken bones and dislocations
  • Disembowelment by drain suction
  • Burn injuries
  • Chemical burns
  • Bacterial infections
  • Electrocution
  • Lacerations

Victims of swimming pool accidents may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the event of a drowning death, the victim’s family may have cause for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Pool Owner Responsibility

Pool owners range from businesses to municipalities to private individuals. When a swimming pool accident results from any of the following, the pool owner, operator or manager may be legally liable:

  • Failure to enclose and secure the pool or hot tub
  • Failure to cover the pool or hot tub when not in use
  • Failure to properly maintain the pool or hot tub and all pool-related equipment
  • Failure to clearly mark pool depths
  • Employing life guards who lack proper training
  • Encouraging or allowing unsafe behavior
  • Missing or insufficient warning signs or safety equipment
  • Poor design or construction
  • Insufficient depth for slides or diving boards
  • Misuse of pool chemicals

If you have been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, or if your child or other loved one was killed in one, contact a qualified Atlantic City injury lawyer today.