Swimming pools are supposed to be enjoyed, and not something that results in injuries. The highly-focused attorneys that specialize in swimming pool accidents at The Willis Law Firm are here to help you so that you can focus your time and energy on recovering from your ordeal.
If our law firm takes on your case, we will assign a comprehensive legal team to your case, which guarantees that you will receive the very best services possible. Our Houston injury law firm does not work on an hourly fee, instead, you only pay for our services when we win your case. Contact us today so that we can tell you more about how we can start representing you with an obligation-free and complimentary case evaluation.
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Common Types Of Swimming Pool Accidents
Even though federal regulations associated with swimming pools were signed into the law in the year 2007, along with safe swimming awareness and education campaigns by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the U.S, drowning is still a leading cause of fatalities in the US among children.
Unluckily, drowning is just one of the risks linked to swimming pools. There are several other ways that you can suffer an injury in a hot tub or swimming pool. Some of these include:
Diving Board Injuries
Just about every list that contains safety tips on swimming will state that it is unsafe to dive into a pool when the water is less than 6 feet deep. There should also be clearly displayed signs on whether this activity is allowed. Hundreds of people land up needing urgent medical attention every year after they have suffered a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury from a diving accident.
With all the activities that go on in and around pools and hot tubs, the areas that surround either a hot tub or pool can get slippery and wet, which can cause people to slip and fall which often results in injuries that range from minor bruises and scrapes onto more severe injuries such as broken bones.
A near-drowning can result in significant and in some cases lifelong brain injuries along with dramatic, and in some cases permanent, neurological and pulmonary damage.
Circulation Entrapment Injuries
These injuries occur when the swimmer becomes trapped by a suction that is produced by the water that rushes out of a drain of a hot tub or swimming pool. The injuries that can arise from these incidents can be extremely severe from amputation to disembowelment.
What Are The Primary Factors That Result In Swimming Pool Accidents?
The opportunities to sustain an injury are abundant around and in swimming pools. There are many swimming pools that do not have the basic protection measures in place to ensure swimmers remain safe. Some of the common examples of these safety hazards usually include:
- Lack of barriers or fences
- Deep ends that are excessively shallow
- Faulty ladders
- Pool deck hazards or loose tiles
- Missing anti-entrapment devices
While there may be many accidents that happen in residential swimming pools, the public pools are not necessarily safe. In many cases, the public facilities not only possess the defects that were mentioned before, but there are also lifeguards that are inattentive along with other staff members that are negligent.
Who Can Be Held Liable In Swimming Pool Accident Lawsuits?
Liability in an accident involving a swimming pool is going to rely on when your accident occurred and the pool type that you swam in. The operators of public swimming pools have a duty to make sure their patrons are protected from harm. The laws also require that the equipment in and around these facilities are in good working order when in use.
When people are swimming in a pool on private property, the owner of the property needs to inform the swimmers of a safety issue that might not be obvious to casual observers. If for example, another guest on private property is behaving negligently or carelessly which results in causing harm to another swimmer, then the victim is able to sue this person for the damages associated with the injury.
What You Need To Know About Swimming Pool Accident Lawsuits And Claims
An injury that arises from the direct result of a swimming pool accident may be extremely traumatic. It can also result in requiring lifelong or long-term medical treatment, which usually costs a fortune and might require a long time away from work. In order to obtain compensation for loss of wages, and these types of injuries, the victim has to file an insurance claim, and in some cases a lawsuit.
Unfortunately, the insurance claims for swimming pool accidents can be complex, as there are several moving parts. A number of factors are also taken into consideration. These include whether the swimming pool was public or private, whether all the applicable state, local, and federal regulations were followed by the owner of the property in association to “swimming pool safety”, and whether or not negligence turned out to be one of the contributing factors.
These claim types are often confusing, while the process often involves intricate and complex documentation and the representatives of an insurance company that is not on your side or doesn’t care about your well-being.
Call Our Houston Swimming Pool Accidents Lawyer For Your Obligation-Free Consultation
Our excellent personal injury lawyers in Houston, TX at The Willis Law Firm, has worked on cases involving personal injuries over the last 40 years. We fully understand that once you have gone through a catastrophic accident, you should be focusing on recovering.
Our experienced and well-versed lawyers know precisely how to collect the evidence needed to build your case and to assist you in obtaining the compensation that you rightly deserve. This award will assist you with paying off your medical bills, compensate you for your lost wages, and help you to return to the way you used to live.
Our team of highly skilled lawyers will guide you every step of the way and we are here to listen to your concerns and questions at any stage throughout the process.
Our practice works on a contingency fee, which ultimately means that we only collect our fee once we have won or settled your case. If we are unable to win the case, you won’t owe us any money. If your loved one or you were injured from an accident in or around a swimming pool, you need to be aware of the time limit in place to file your claim. Don’t delay and call Willis Law Firm today for your free consultation.