Nothing beats the heat quite like a swimming pool during the summer. From family barbecues to public swimming pools and amusement parks, pools provide the backdrop for many summer memories. However, because of the unique circumstances created by large quantities of water, slick surfaces, and sometimes questionable maintenance, swimming pools also make accidents more likely. If you are in Louisiana and have suffered a swimming pool accident, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 3,536 drowning resulted in a fatality each year between 2005 and 2014. This equals roughly 10 deaths every day. Of those fatalities, approximately one in every five people to drown was a child under the age of 14. (The CDC also states that for every child who dies as a result of drowning, five more will be taken to the emergency room after a near-fatal drowning.)
A swimming pool accident can happen at any time. The most common causes are slips and falls, electrocution, drowning, and traumatic brain injury. (An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you to gather any necessary evidence to support your claim should an accident occur.)
Swimming pool accident liability can sometimes be hard to determine. However, with the help of Louisiana lawyers, you are entitled to certain benefits should another person be found liable. Depending on where you or your loved one was injured and how can affect who is ultimately deemed liable for the accident.
Private pool owners are required to provide “reasonable” supervision when swimmers are in or around their pool. Restricted access, including fencing and locks, are also required. Poorly maintained pools are dangerous as well. Should a private pool owner fail to maintain their pool, restrict access, or provide supervision – they may be liable for any damages.
Public pool operators and pool equipment manufacturers can be held responsible as well.
The causes of these accidents range from minor to severe. This can result in medical bills, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, the inability to work, and many more issues. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you file a successful claim that will allow you to collect the compensation you are entitled to. Contact Waitz & Downer today for a swimming pool accident consultation today.