More pool drowning accidents take place in Southern California than any other region in the county. Swimming pool accidents and drowning are usually based on the legal principle of premises liability; in which the owner/operator of the swimming pool will be held liable for injuries in and around the pool. Pools can be separated between public (or community pools) and private swimming pools including, hotel swimming pools, casino pool party incidents, school swimming pools, country clubs, fitness centers, health clubs, spas, and apartment building and condo swimming pools and private residence swimming pools. If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident contact our offices to schedule a free consultation with a Swimming Pool Drowning Attorney.
Pool drowning accidents and drowning statistics
Swimming pool accidents can take a variety of different forms, including pool drowning and head trauma broke limbs and separated shoulders. Some of the most common swimming pool injuries are as follows.
- Drowning: leading to a wrongful death claim
- Traumatic Brain Injuries and other forms of brain damage from the loss of oxygen
- Spinal Cord Damage: Severe forms of spinal cord injuries leading to paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Slip and Fall accident: leading to fractures bones
- Fractures skulls
- Brain Hemorrhage
- Lacerations to the body or face from jagged edges on swimming pools
- Broken noses
- Separate shoulders
- Neck and back injuries
Some 80% of all pool accidents and drowning take place in private residences. Yearly more than five thousand children are victims of permanent injuries related to swimming pool accidents. These children required extensive medical treatment and suffer lifelong disabilities.
Swimming Pool Safety laws – California Pool Safety Regulations
The owner of property has a legal duty to use reasonable care to keep his property safe from dangerous conditions. A Home owner’s liability is usually covered by home owners insurance. California Swimming Pool liability laws can be more complex if the property owners do not have homeowners insurance or is not the individual residing in the home.
Recently the States of California institutes the California Private and Public Swimming Pool Laws and Regulations and the Swimming pool safety act so as to increase the safety of swimming pools in the state. These laws also covered public spas, hot tubs, and Jacuzzis as well as private pools. For example land owners with exposes pools and hot tubs, whirlpools are required by California Law to the surrounding area and to place child proof gates blocking children from access to the facilities.
Defective Product Claims for Swimming Pool Accidents
In numerous cases serious swimming pool injuries are caused by defects in Swimming Pool Pumps and Drainage Systems. Children are at most risk of suction entrapment, where a person in a swimming pool or a Jacuzzi is stuck to the pool drain and unable to release himself. Under these circumstances the bather is unable to swim away from the drainage system and drowns. Drainage entrapment incontinent account for dozens of injuries each year. A successful product liability case usually involves one of three causes of actions (1) Defect in the design of the product (2) Defect in the manufacturing process (3) Labeling Defect: Failure to Warn of all known dangers associated with the use of the product.
Common causes of swimming pool drowning and poolside accidents are as follows:
- Improper security and safety staff at pool parties
- Improper maintenance of swimming pools
- Un-gated pools and Jacuzzis, hot tubs
- Negligent supervision of children
- Overcrowding of public and private pools
- Improper installation of diving boards
- Lack of safety warning signs and safety equipment
- Slippery surfaces around pools leading to slip and fall accidents.
California Swimming Pool Drowning Attorney
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a swimming pool drowning or accident you must first tend to your wounds and heal your injuries. Seeking vindication of your rights is our job. At Downtown LA Law Group our esteemed legal professionals are skilled and knowledgeable in defending the rights of those who have suffered spinal cord injuries, neck/back injuries, broken bones or any other injuries in a swimming pool accident.
If you need legal representation we can help. We will take care of every legal detail and make sure you achieve the highest compensation possible for your loss; in the meantime, concentrate on the most important part of this process – your recovery.
Statute of Limitations: Remember that it is crucial to act quickly after you have been injured to report your claim before any limitations can lower or extinguish your right to recovery. Call us for a free consultation. (855)385-2529