Swimming Pool Accidents
Injured in a Swimming Pool? We Can Help.
There's nothing quite like taking a dip in a swimming pool to cool off on a hot day. While swimming pools provide hours of family fun, they also cause thousands of drownings and injuries each year.
Most people never have a harrowing experience in the water, so the statistics showing the prevalence of swimming pool accidents may be surprising. On average there are 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings each year in the United States—that's 10 deaths every day—and thousands more are injured in swimming pool-related accidents.
Common Swimming Pool Accidents
Despite federal swimming pool regulations being signed into law in 2007 and an associated safe swimming education and awareness campaign by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, drowning remains a leading cause of death among children in the United States.
Unfortunately, drowning isn’t the only risk associated with swimming pools—there are numerous ways you can suffer injuries in pools and hot tubs. They include:
- Diving Board Injuries: Nearly every list of swimming safety tips advises against diving into a swimming pool unless the water is at least 6 feet deep and there is a sign present stating the activity is permitted. Even so, hundreds of swimmers need to seek medical attention each year after suffering traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries after a dive gone wrong.
- Slip-and-Fall Injuries: With all the splish-splashing around, the areas around a pool or hot tub may get wet and slippery, causing someone to fall and suffer injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones.
- Submersion Injuries: Near drownings can cause serious and sometimes lifelong traumatic brain injuries, as well as significant and sometimes permanent pulmonary and neurological damage.
- Circulation Entrapment Injuries: Circulation entrapment injuries happen when a swimmer is trapped by suction generated by water rushing out of the drain of a pool or hot tub. The nature of these injuries can be severe—including disembowelment and amputation.
What You Need to Know About Swimming Pool Accident Claims and Lawsuits
Injuries caused by swimming pool accidents can be traumatic, and in some instances can require long-term or even lifelong medical treatment—which can cost an overwhelming amount of money and require significant time off work. To be compensated for those injuries and lost wages, people must file insurance claims, and sometimes even a lawsuit.
Unfortunately, swimming pool accident insurance claims can be tricky because there are so many different moving parts. Many factors come into play: whether the pool was private or public, whether the owner followed all applicable federal, state and local regulations related to swimming pool safety, and whether negligence came into play.
These kinds of claims can also be confusing, and the process involves confusing forms and insurance company representatives who do not have your best interest at heart.
Hiring the Right Attorney
The personal injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates have been representing injured people for more than 30 years. We understand that after a tragic accident, your priority needs to be on your recovery.
Our skilled attorneys understand how to gather evidence and build a case that helps get our clients the compensation you deserve—that pays for medical bills, makes up for missed work, and get back on track. Our legal team will be with you through the process, and will answer any questions you may have along the way.
At our law firm, we work on what's known as a contingency fee basis, which means that we don't get paid unless we successfully win your case or settle it in your favor. If we don't? You don't owe us a penny.< p>If you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident, be aware there are limits on the time that you have to file a claim. Call Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free consultation.