Every year, many children and adults are seriously injured, if not fatally, due to swimming and diving accidents. Owners have a duty to protect those who use their facilities. As a part of premises liability law, pool owners are responsible for accidents that occur due to negligence in and around their pools.
Ashenden & Associates, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia, is experienced in handling property owner negligence cases, and is dedicated to getting victims and their loved ones just compensation. Read on for more information about swimming and diving accident and find out if you may have a case.
Liable Parties in a Swimming or Diving Accident Case
Research has shown that most injuries occur in five feet of water or less. Drowning deaths, paralysis, and other serious spinal cord and brain injuries occur far too often due to pool-related incidents. While our own carelessness can result in common accidents, it is important to seek legal advice to determine whether or not the pool owner is at fault.
The pool owner is often liable if accidents or injuries are caused by:
- Wet or unsafe decking around pools or spas
- Lack of security fencing (usually required by local, state, or federal law)
- Damaged exits and entries
- Nonfunctioning lighting
- Dirty and unclean water, or too many chemicals
- Faulty filtration systems
- Missing safety signage or lines
Injuries That May Result From a Swimming or Diving Accident Case
Diving head first into shallow water, falling, drowning and other accidents can cause the following:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Lack of blood flow to the brain
What to Do at the Scene of a Swimming or Diving Accident
Accidents can result in tragic outcomes, so it is important to immediately seek medical attention following an injury. Not only will this provide medical documentation and record, it will serve as testimony from a medical professional.
If possible, try to document the scene of the accident with photos or videos, and gather an account of the accident from anyone on the scene.
Get Just Compensation for Swimming and Dividing Accident Cases
The lawyers at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., are dedicated to your case, and understand how stressful and catastrophic swimming and diving accidents can be for the victim and the victim’s family and friends. Our legal team will be your advocates, representing your case so you may receive a favorable outcome and just compensation.
Contact us for a free consultation by phone at (770) 394-8909, or fill out our online contact form.