Owning or visiting a swimming pool can provide hours of family enjoyment, but it is important to remember that pools can also be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, many people, especially young children, are injured in pool-related accidents every year.
At the Mann Law Firm, we understand the nature of these personal injuries. We represent people injured in both residential and public pool settings, including spas, hot tubs, water parks, beaches, and wading pools in Macon, Dublin, Warner Robins, Milledgeville and other Georgia communities. All too often, swimming pool accidents are caused by dangerous conditions such as lack of fencing, failure to provide lifeguards, or failure to monitor individuals in the pool. Swimming pool accidents include diving board mishaps, diving into shallow water, electrocution, water contamination, and overly chemically treated water.
Those who suffer losses because of someone else’s actions are entitled to seek financial compensation for their troubles in an attempt to make them whole again. Let the Mann Law Firm assist you.
Places that invite children to play in or near a pool need to have safeguards to protect them from the risk of drowning. Swimming pools are a hazard for toddlers and small children when left uncovered or unsecured. In fact, drowning is one of the most common causes of death for children under the age of 14. More than 6,500 Americans die annually from drowning. Even near-drowning can cause serious long-term mental and physical injury, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), coma, spinal cord injury, and broken bones. Some of the causes of drownings include:
- Untrained, poorly trained, or inattentive life guards
- Overcrowded pools
- Inadequately maintained pools with poor water clarity
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken or defective pool equipment, such as ladders and pumps
- Failure to have clearly identified depth markers
- Failure to follow state safety laws
- Failure to maintain self-latching and closing gates that keep small children from entering the pool area without adult supervision
- Lack of safety and rescue equipment.
Although drains are necessary to keep pools clean, they actually pose a considerable threat to swimmers. Improper installation, maintenance, or use of pool drains can result in terrible accidents. In fact, pool drains were found to pose such a threat that a federal law was enacted in 2007 requiring all public pools to install drain covers. The main hazard of pool drains is the force of the suction. A body part, hair, or piece of clothing can get sucked up against the drain, trapping the swimmer and potentially causing them to drown. Inadequate, unfastened, broken, or missing drain covers can also result in a gruesome injury known as evisceration or disembowelment (having one’s intestines pulled out of the body by the drain’s suction force). Children are particularly at risk of suffering a pool drain injury because once sucked into the drain, they lack the strength to pull themselves away. It only takes minutes for a trapped child to drown. Special anti-entrapment devices known as Safety Vacuum Release Systems (SVRS) can detect something blocking the drain and automatically shut it down to prevent drownings.
The experienced personal injury lawyers of the Mann Law Firm are here to help you and your family through the process of being injured in a swimming pool accident or losing a loved one to a swimming pool drowning accident. If you have been affected by a GA drowning or other GA swimming pool accident, then you may have the right to take legal action. Contact the Georgia personal injury lawyers at the Mann Law Firm today to learn more about your legal options. When we take your case, we will deliver aggressive and unwavering legal advocacy on your behalf. Please take the time to discuss your concerns with us by calling (478) 742-3381 or using this convenient online contact form.
While swimming is always a fun exercise and a good activity for people of all ages, it is also one of the most common causes of accidents in children. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. In this article, we d......