Holding Property Owners Accountable For Drownings And Swimming Pool Accidents
Every year, many children and adults are seriously injured or die in 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.
At Ashenden & Associates, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia, we are experienced in handling property owner negligence cases and are dedicated to getting victims and their loved ones just compensation. Read on for more information about swimming and diving accidents and find out if you have a case.
Liable Parties In A Swimming Or Diving Accident Case
Research has shown that most injuries occur in 5 feet of water or less. Drowning, 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 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 water or too many chemicals
- Faulty filtration systems
- Missing safety signage or lines
Injuries That May Result From A Swimming Or Diving Accident
Diving headfirst into shallow water, falling and other accidents can cause:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Damage to the spinal cord
- 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 a record, but it will also 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 Diving Accidents
At Ashenden & Associates, P.C., we 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 that you may receive a favorable outcome and just compensation.