Swimming pools provide a cool relief, especially during summers when the heat and humidity are unbearable. It is, therefore, the one place that family and friends are guaranteed to have lots of fun in during those precious outdoor moments we all look forward to. But, swimming pools despite their important functions can come with considerable risks that can quickly turn a day of fun to a disastrous one. It is easy for adults as well as children to suffer from severe injuries from the slightest accidents in or around a pool. This is why for all public and private facilities with swimming pools, there are cautions that must be taken to avoid these disasters.
Statistics show just how dangerous swimming pools can be as across the United States unintentional drowning has been rated as one of the leading causes of fatalities among children. Even for cases where drowning does not lead to fatalities the victims can easily be left nursing life-altering injuries. Still, there is the inescapable trauma from the incident that equally has long-term effects on the victim, which takes a lot of professional care and attention to overcome. All in all, swimming pool accidents lead to great pain and suffering that cannot be ignored whenever they happen.
As a victim, parent, or family to someone who has sustained injuries from swimming pool accidents it is possible to seek compensations for the pain & suffering, medical expenses, lost wages or reduced earning capacity, and wrongful death. However, filing a lawsuit in connection with a swimming pool accident must be strictly handled by seasoned attorneys who understand the complications in such cases. Firstly, it is important to determine if there is a legal ground for such a case taking to account the circumstances that led to the accident and whether one was an invitee, licensee, or trespasser to the swimming pool.
Fortunately, most cases of swimming pool accidents result from the negligence of the owner of the pool or those mandated to ensure the safety of all users. These causes of negligence include, among others; lack of clear warning signs around the pool, lack of safety fencing around the pool, lack of active professional supervision (lifeguards), and inadequate pool management. The failure by the pool owners to adhere to the best practices of managing the swimming pool makes them liable to compensate you for any injuries or damages suffered from resulting accidents.
Still, there is a thin line between having a valid case that shows that the accident was due to the negligence of the pool owner or management and not any other self-inflicted actions. The duty of care has to be first proven by a legal attorney before they proceed to investigate and analyze the facts behind the accident. How the lawsuit moves forward will equally be determined by whether the accident occurred in a private pool or a public one. For private pools, the lawsuit will be against the pool owner while for public pools, the lawsuit will be against a public entity. In each instance, it takes the right attorney to see you get the maximum compensations from an accident.