Swimming pool accidents, drownings and near drownings occur far too frequently in the United States, and with devastating results. According to a CDC article based on US mortality through 2007, drowning is the fifth leading cause for unintentional injury death. And, while California did not lead the nation, it was unfortunately among the top 10 states for numbers of drowning deaths. While our climate lends itself to enjoying the sunny weather outside, it also means we are more at risk of being injured or drowning at the pool. If a pool accident does not result in death, the effects are often both debilitating and expensive, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, disembowelment, and permanent brain damage. A number of things can lead to pool accidents, including:
- Broken or defective pool equipment;
- Poorly maintained pools and pool decks;
- Inadequate supervision;
- Inadequate fencing and/or inadequate gates around the pool area;
- Other negligence.
If you own a swimming pool, take steps to help minimize the risk of pool injuries or deaths, including:
- Learn CPR, and keep your certification current;
- Make sure children will be closely supervised in and around the pool;
- Make sure the pool area is secure by installing fencing and gates, using pool safety covers, and removing steps and ladders when not in use.
If someone you love was injured or died as a result of a swimming pool accident, you may have the legal right to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other monetary losses. Contact us to find out how Freeman & Freeman may be able to help you aggressively fight for your rights.