The weather is (finally) warming up here in Los Angeles and that means more families will be heading to swimming pools to cool down. As much fun as swimming pools can be, it is important to remember that swimming pools also present significant accident and injury risks.
If you and / or your children into to spend time poolside this summer, you should be aware of certain pool safety guidelines. Furthermore, if you or a loved one is hurt because of a dangerous condition at a swimming pool, reach out to an experienced premises liability attorney for help.
Locations of Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents can happen at any kind of pool – from the largest public community pools to the smallest backyard pools.
While public pools, including hotel pools, are required by California law to adhere to strict regulations and pool safety codes, even pools on private property, such as in someone’s backyard, must follow certain rules. Indeed, if a property owner fails to comply with any safety requirements and a swimming pool accident happens, that owner can be held liable for any injuries or losses that result.
Types of Pool Injuries
There are several kinds of accidents that commonly occur around swimming pools. Many of these can have catastrophic consequences and can include:
- Slip and fall injuries that occur near and around the pool;
- Injuries caused by the diving board;
- Near-drowning or drowning.
This list is not exhaustive. If you or a loved one was injured why playing at a swimming pool, contact an experienced accident attorney to discuss your legal rights.
The Centers for Disease Control states that in the United States, over 3,000 people died from drowning each year from 2005 to 2014, which equates to 10 deaths each day. Add the thousands of innocent children and adults who suffer serious swimming pool-related injuries each year, and you have a lot of tragic cases. What’s more, according to the CDC, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a swimming pool injury of any kind, seek immediate medical attention. Next, contact an experienced accident attorney to discuss your legal rights and next steps. For a free, no obligation consultation, contact the skilled swimming pool accident attorneys at Gholzand Law Firm today.