If you or a loved one experiences a swimming pool accident due to someone else’s neglect, you need to contact an attorney with experience in these matters. Kaufman Law, P.C., has the experience you need. Unintentional drownings and swimming accidents are devastating incidents. These accidents are also often fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States is drowning, and 10 people die from a drowning accident every day, says the CDC.
Classifying Drowning and Swimming Pool Accidents
Drowning accidents can take place in many locations, including private resident pools, commercial pools, pools in amusement parks, lakes and similar bodies of water, and the ocean.
Any in-water activity offers a risk of injury or drowning. In fact, that risk is why parents and pool owners should provide supervision and take steps to prevent people from drowning. Courts often consider the failure to supervise or take precautions to prevent a water injury or drowning as negligence.
Causes of Swimming Accidents and Drowning
Drowning incidents are horrible to go through as a family, but they are unfortunately common and can happen in many places. Most swimming injuries and drownings are the results of negligence. Common causes include:
- The body of water did not contain fencing or barriers.
- The body of water did not have proper danger signage.
- A person or company did not properly maintain a body of water. For example, unsafe conditions from a broken drain.
- Lifeguard staff was short, ill-trained, or negligent, which led to injury or drowning in a body of water.
- A boating accident took place in a body of water.
What to Do When Involved in a Pool Accident or Drowning
In the case of a loved one who suffers injury or death from a swimming pool accident or drowning, it is essential to contact a local personal injury attorney, such as Kaufman Law, P.C.. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can assist people who have been involved in swimming pool accidents and provide support in times of need.
Attorneys who represent families and victims of swimming injuries and drownings provide legal advice, help, and support in an emotional time.
If you or a loved one has been in a pool accident in the Atlanta area, you should contact Kaufman Law, P.C., for a free consultation from lawyers experienced in swimming accidents.
Since drownings are the most sudden and unfortunate of water accidents, it is important to educate loved ones about water and poolside safety. A few tips that may save lives in drowning cases include:
- Supervision. A person decreases the likelihood of a serious swimming accident or drowning by watching children or people at-risk of drowning while swimming.
- Safety equipment. Equipping swimming pools with fences, providing flotation devices, and covering drains safely are ways to prevent water accidents and drownings.
- Train swimming skills. A person should know how to expertly swim before being alone in a body of water. Parents and supervisors should ensure that children are properly trained by an expert swimmer before leaving them alone in a pool.
- Learn CPR. Knowing how to resuscitate a person can mean the difference between life and death in many accidents, and especially in swimming accidents. A person should consider CPR certification if his or her family are around swimming pools frequently.
Drownings and accidents are unfortunate situations. If you have a swimming accident or a loved one suffers injury or death from one, you should not have to go through it alone. Contact Kaufman Law, P.C., for support through this time and a free consultation about your legal rights.