Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents are a huge problem in the United States. Every day, about ten people die from drowning, and on average two of those are children under the age of 14. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death for children between the ages of 1 and 14. In addition to the deaths from drowning, there are many near drownings which may cause brain damage, resulting in permanent disabilities. Its been estimated that for each drowning death, there are between one and four submersions serious enough to result in hospitalization.
Many of these drownings and near drownings occur in backyard swimming pools. According to one study, a swimming pool is 14 times more likely than an automobile to be involved in the death of a child under the age of five. Of those children who drown, 70 percent are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the accident, and 75 percent are missing for five minutes or less.
In order to prevent swimming pool accidents, pool owners should take a number of steps to secure the pool. Pool owners should keep the pool area safe and secure by installing a fence around the pool which separates the pool from the yard and the entrances to the home. The fence should be at least four feet in height, with self-closing and self-latching gates. Owners should inspect and replace dangerous or recalled pool drains. Owners should also remove all steps and ladders to an above ground pool or spa if its not being used.
The most important step to preventing pool accidents is to properly supervise the pool when its in use, especially when children are using the pool. For older children or teenagers who know how to swim, insist that they always swim with a buddy. Do not allow floatation devices to take the place of an adult or a swim buddy.
If you or a loved one has been a swimming pool accident victim, you may have a legal right to compensation. You could have a case against a negligent adult who failed to properly supervise his or her pool, a property owner who failed to secure the pool, or a swimming pool manufacturer who made a defective pool part. Damages could include compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
In southern California, contact Donald Sjaarda, swimming pool accident attorney, at 714-963-8216 to evaluate your case to determine if you have a cause of action.
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