Haddonfield Personal Injury Attorneys: Avoiding Swimming Pool Accidents
When the warm weather hits, it seems like everyone heads for the pool. Whether it is a privately owned facility, a public swim club, or a backyard pool, owners and operators must assume the responsibility of keeping their family members, guests, and neighbors safe. According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the fifth leading cause of death in the country, accounting for almost 10 deaths each day. Injuries from slips, falls, equipment malfunctions, diving accidents, and unsupervised pools result in a staggering amount of brain and spinal cord injuries, near-death drowning, and broken bones each year.
The Haddonfield personal injury attorneys at Legome & Associates understand the responsibilities that pool owners and operators have under the law. Injuries and deaths resulting from drowning, near-drowning, diving accidents, defective equipment, and negligence can devastate families and individuals financially and emotionally. Spinal cord injuries, brain damage suffered from a near drowning, and deaths from drowning are life-altering events that result in loss of wages, overwhelming medical expenses, and disability. The personal injury attorneys at Legome & Associates are experienced in helping these victims recover compensation for injuries caused by the actions or inactions of negligent pool owners and operators.
Swimming Pool Accidents – Second Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Children
Nothing can be more devastating to a family than the death of a child, especially when that death could have been prevented. Fatal drowning is the second leading cause of death for U.S. children under 14 years of age, with the majority of these deaths happening to children between the ages of one and four years of age in their own family’s swimming pool. Still for other children, brain damage, learning issues, and permanent disability result from near-drowning incidents and spinal cord injuries relating to swimming pool accidents.
Pool Safety is the Best Prevention for Pool-Related Drowning and Injuries
Though it is the homeowner, proprietor, or operator of a pool that is ultimately responsible for the safety of their guests, there are several actions that individuals can take to prevent swimming pool tragedies.
- Teach children to swim. Knowing how to swim, or at the very least knowing how to tread water, can be the difference between drowning and surviving.
- Learn CPR and post instructions poolside.
- Never let children be in the area of a swimming pool without adult supervision and/or attached flotation devices.
- Keep the pool area restricted by sturdy fencing surrounding the entire pool area, preferably separating the pool area from other access areas entirely.
- Maintain equipment, fix broken equipment, and properly store pool chemicals away from children and pets.
- Keep all toys and flotation devices away from the pool when not in use.
- Keep pool water clear of debris for visibility, and chemically treated to prevent illness.
- Surround a pool area with slip-proof materials.
Call Legome & Associates – Personal Injury Attorneys in Haddonfield Experienced in Swimming Pool Accident Claims
The Haddonfield personal injury attorneys at Legome & Associates are experienced in representing victims of pool-related accidents and injuries throughout Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester and Salem counties. Our personal injury attorneys realize the importance of recovering the compensation and punitive damages you are entitled to receive, and we work hard to ensure that you are compensated fairly. If you or a loved one has suffered a swimming pool-related injury or death, contact our team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. We will review your case and advise you of the best way to recover the justice you deserve. Call our Haddonfield office at 856-528-3284 to schedule a free consultation or submit a free online inquiry.