Swimming pools can provide hours of family fun and relaxation, especially during the summertime. Despite the enjoyment that entertainment in or near the water can offer, it is important to remember that it takes only a few seconds for these spots to turn from a play area into a danger zone. Private and public pool settings, including hot tubs, spas, beaches, water parks, and wading pools, have all been the sites of injuries and even fatalities.
While rates of fatal drowning in a swimming pool vary with age, gender, and race, the highest are among children ages 1 to 4. Drowning is also the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages. An average of 390 children aged 0 to 14 drowned in pools and spas each year from 2011 to 2013, while an average of 4,900 pool and spa drowning-related injuries were treated at emergency departments during each of those years. Non-fatal swimming pool accidents can be very traumatic and cause serious, life-altering, permanent conditions, such as brain damage, spinal cord injuries or paralysis.
The Pikeville swimming pool accident attorneys of the Johnson Law Firm understand your needs and are here to help. If you or your loved one has suffered a serious personal injury or wrongful death in a swimming pool accident in Kentucky, you may be able to seek compensation for your injury or loss. You can rely on our experience with the legal system and our commitment to our clients to get you the best result possible given the circumstances of your case. To find out what we can do for you, please give us a call at 606-433-0682 or fill out this contact form. We are proud to offer free initial case evaluations.
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
Property owners are obligated to provide a safe environment to their visitors – and that obligation extends to swimming pools. Accident claims can arise from poor safety conditions such as:
- Defective or broken swimming pool equipment (diving boards, gates, fences, ladders, drains, etc.)
- Failure to maintain self-latching and -closing gates that keep small children from entering the pool area
- Failure to properly cover drains/drain entrapment
- Improper child supervision
- Improper, defective or missing safety equipment
- Inadequate safety fencing
- Inadequate warning signs
- Lack of depth indicators
- Murky water due to poor maintenance
- Non-working swimming pool lights
- Untrained, poorly trained, or inattentive life guards.
Who is Responsible?
There are many parties who may be responsible for a swimming pool accident.
If a hotel swimming pool does not have adequate “No Lifeguard on Duty” signs, the owner of the hotel may be negligent. A company that designs or makes a defective drain may be liable for injuries that the drain causes to an unsuspecting swimmer. If a babysitter’s negligent supervision results in the drowning death of a child, then he or she may be held responsible. The injured party in scenarios such as these may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
We Can Help
Adults and children alike can become reckless in pool areas, resulting in slips and falls, and diving accidents. Even so, if you or someone you know has been injured in or around a pool because of someone else’s negligence, a personal injury claim may be an option. If you believe that someone was at fault for a swimming pool accident or drowning accident, or you would just like to discuss your options with an attorney, please do not hesitate to contact the Eastern Kentucky pool injury lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm. Since 1998, we have handled thousands of injury cases from our office in Pikeville, and we understand the lasting impact of accidents on your health, your finances, and your emotional well-being. For a free consultation, call 606-433-0682 or fill out our online form.