If your loved one was seriously injured in a pool accident, our Atlanta swimming pool accident attorney will fight for the compensation you deserve. Swimming pool owners have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of those they allow to use their pools, and to safeguard their swimming pools from unauthorized use. This includes the owners of residential pools as well as pools that are open to the wider public. If the owner of a pool fails to meet these obligations, the owner may be held liable for any injuries that individuals may suffer as a result.
If you, your child or another loved one has been injured at a swimming pool in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia, and you believe that the owner’s negligence may have played a role, it will be important to have your case reviewed by an experienced premises liability attorney.
Contact personal injury attorneys James M. Poe, P.C., and arrange for a free consultation about your case. We will examine what occurred and help you to understand the legal options that may be available to you. Simply call or submit our online form today.
Drowning and Other Swimming Pool Injuries
The drowning hazard that exists at swimming pools is clear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 10 people die every day from unintentional drownings that are not boating-related. Of these, two drowning victims are children age 14 or younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for non-fatal submersion injuries.
However, swimming pools present many other risks of accidents and injuries, including:
- Near-drowning (which can cause brain damage and loss of basic functions)
- Slipping and falling on a pool deck
- Head injuries from diving in shallow water
- Drain entrapment and injuries caused by the suction of a pool drain
- Water-borne illness from contaminated or improperly treated pool water
- Contact burns or poisoning from inappropriate contact with pool chemicals.
Legal Duty to Guard against Swimming Pool Accidents
Residential swimming pools are sometimes referred to as “attractive nuisances” because of their appeal to curious children who do not recognize their potential danger. Pool owners have a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent children from accessing these hazards.
Negligence at a public or commercial pool can include a lack of lifeguards, failing to properly train lifeguards, or failing to recognize and correct ongoing negligence among lifeguards.
A commercial or public pool owner or operator may also be liable for negligent maintenance of its facility that leads to injury. Damaged pool drains, diving boards, decks, ladders and fences are all potentially hazardous conditions that may cause injury. Failure to properly treat the water can lead to poor visibility, making it difficult if not impossible for lifeguards to see submerged swimmers. This can also be grounds for claim based on negligent maintenance if it is shown to have contributed to a plaintiff’s injuries.
If a child is present at the pool as part of a school, youth group, summer camp, or after school program, those programs may be liable as well in the event of an accident that injures a child who was entrusted to the program’s care if it was negligent in its supervision or instruction of the child.
It is important to note that, in almost all cases, compensation for a swimming pool accident claim is paid through a business or homeowner’s liability insurance, not from the pool owner’s personal assets. Injured individuals should not be reluctant to seek needed compensation through a lawsuit that names a neighbor, community organization, or local business as a defendant.
Contact Our Atlanta Swimming Pool Accident Attorney
If you or a family member has suffered serious injury or death in a swimming pool accident in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia that may have been caused by the pool owner’s or operator’s negligence, an Atlanta Swimming Pool Accident Attorney at the law firm of James M. Poe, P.C., would like to help you.
Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.