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Friday, July 10, 2015
Negligence Can Lead to Swimming Pool Accidents
Going to the swimming pool
should be fun and enjoyable. Unfortunately, any time your family is around
water, there is the chance for serious accidents, specifically drowning. Most
drowning accidents end in tragedy and, even more tragically, most drowning
victims are children under the age of 14. Even if a drowning victim survives,
they often suffer brain damage due to oxygen deprivation or due to hitting
their head on the side or bottom of the pool.
Drowning accidents can
leave family facing extensive financial and emotional losses and many families
wonder how they can recover when a loved one drowns in a swimming pool. The
experienced wrongful death lawyers at the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater can
evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.
Negligent acts of pool
Pool owners—like any other
property owners—have the duty to keep the area in and around the pool safe for
visitors. Unfortunately, too many pool owners fail to uphold this duty and it
leads to drownings and other types of accidents. Some examples of negligent
acts by pool owners can include:
or rough surfaces inside the pool or around the pool edges that could prevent someone from putting their feet down or grabbing the edge.
or debris out that could cause people to trip and fall into the pool.
slippery surfaces around the pool that could cause someone to slip and fall
into the pool.
·Not having the
appropriate depth markers and leading an inadequate swimmer to wander or jump
into water that is too deep for their swimming ability.
necessary “No Diving” warnings when appropriate causing someone to dive into
too shallow water and hit their head on the bottom of the pool.
have a proper barrier surrounding the pool with a self-latching gate, which may
allow small children to wander into the pool area unattended and drown.
properly warning swimmers that there is no lifeguard on duty.
swimmers to have glass containers or other objects that may cause injury.
·Using the incorrect amount of chemicals, expired
chemicals, or otherwise dangerous toxins in the pool that may cause infection
or exposure injuries.
Any of the above dangerous
conditions can lead to serious injuries and often to fatal drowning. Though
pool owners have a lot to inspect and maintain, it is their duty to thoroughly
do so to keep swimmers safe. If they fail to keep the premises in reasonably
safe condition, they can be found negligent and responsible for any injuries or
deaths that result from their negligence.
Wrongful death claims
after a drowning
Tragically, many pool
accidents result in fatal drownings. Suddenly losing a child or another loved
one in a drowning accident is obviously devastating to surviving family
members. Though no amount of financial compensation can ever bring your loved
one back, filing a wrongful death claim can not only help you cover unexpected
expenses related to the death but can also give you a sense of justice by
holding the negligent party liable for their actions.
Florida wrongful death law3
can be complex, however, and has its own deadlines for filing a claim and often
involves unique legal issues. The attorneys at the Dolman Law Group understand
how to apply this law to your case to help you obtain the maximum recovery
possible for your tragic loss.
A qualified Clearwater,
Florida wrongful death attorney can help you
Many people who have
unexpectedly lost a loved one in a drowning accident do not know where to turn.
At the Dolman Law Group, our
wrongful death lawyers understand that you are going through a difficult time
and will guide you through the legal process if you choose to pursue a claim.
We offer free consultations with no obligation, so please call today at
727-451-6900 for assistance.
Dolman Law Group 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33756 727-451-6900