Owners and operators of swimming pools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have an obligation to ensure the safety of those who have access to the pools. Sadly, this obligation is not always taken seriously and as a result, swimmers are not warned about potential hazards including shallow water and the potential for drowning. Victims of swimming pool accidents and families of drowning victims have a right to be represented by a personal injury attorney who will hold the owner or operator of the pool accountable for the injuries or death of accident victims. While swimming pools can be great fun, they can also be very dangerous if not properly maintained and properly contained.
We Protect Victims of Pool Drowning and Swimming Pool Injury
Swimming pool injury lawyers at Samples Ames are currently evaluating potential drowning and swimming accident lawsuits. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-4, although individuals of any age can fall victim to water-related accidents. Non-fatal incidents often lead to serious and long-term injuries from lack of oxygen, including brain damage and loss of basic functioning. Swimming pools pose great risk for spinal cord and toxic substance injuries if maintenance of chemicals and the surrounding area is neglected or inadequate.
Drowning and other water-related lawsuits involve irresponsible behavior by lifeguards or anyone in charge of supervising those near open water, defective swimming products, or premise liability. Poor maintenance of community spas, swimming pools, parks, and other public utilities can lead to a negligence claim due to federal, state, and local laws regulating public operating standards.
Pool Drowning and Injury Lawsuits
Pool and spa owners can be liable for any injuries around their property depending on a number of factors. If the owner knew, or should have known, about dangers on the premises, they are liable for any accidents caused by those dangers. Failure to properly hire and train lifeguards is one example of owner negligence. Private pool owners have the duty to supervise swimmers at all times and must properly lock or restrict access when they are not present. They may be liable for any injuries resulting from lack of maintenance as well, such as broken diving boards, slides, drains, or ladders.
Pool equipment companies can be liable if the pool equipment is in any way defective, whether in design or manufacture. The company may also be liable if it fails to warn about the risks of its pool products. Pools are required to have adequate safety equipment at all times.
Water-related accidents can occur anywhere and at any time. Young children are particularly susceptible to death or injury from small puddles, mopping buckets, or day care center negligence. Family outings can turn deadly if unsupervised children are allowed near open water. Anyone, even those who have learned to swim and are surrounded by relatives, can be swept up by rushing currents and taken downstream.
There are many cases in which water-related negligence may cause death or serious injury. For example, schools requiring students to swim in physical education classes usually only require one supervising adult for the whole class, making it extraordinarily difficult to safely watch each student. Drowning while under supervision constitutes a wrongful death lawsuit, which can help victims and their loved once receive justice and restitution for their suffering.
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National Drowning Accident Lawyers
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about ten people die from unintentional drowning on any given day, and an additional 347 people die from boating accidents each year. Surprisingly, nearly 80% of those fatalities are males. The top risk factors affecting water accidents include inadequate swimming ability, failure to wear life jackets, seizures, lack of barriers, alcohol consumption, and lack of close supervision.
Personal injury lawyers at Samples Ames strongly advocate on behalf of all drowning victims. If your loved one suffered a drowning or serious injury due to another person’s negligence, contact a drowning accident attorney immediately to discuss your claim. We are currently accepting all types of pool negligence cases nationwide. All of our cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not get paid unless we earn you compensation. Our attorneys work to ensure that you receive the best representation and the largest settlement possible.
Homeowners are responsible for ensuring their pool is enclosed to ensure that children do not wander into the pool and drown or get injured. In addition, hotel owners and other business owners like health clubs who have pools must post warnings when there are no lifeguards on duties. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, even cities and towns may be held liable for accidents that result in injuries or drowning in a municipal pool. Since Texas law requires all personal injury lawsuits to be filed within two years of the accident, it is imperative that you contact Samples Ames PLLC at (817) 605-1505 or (214) 308-6505 immediately after an accident. Since many accidents require extensive investigation, the sooner we can begin the process, the sooner we can get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries or for the wrongful drowning death of a loved one.