Swimming pools are generally places recreation and fun. However, the presence of water and concrete in close proximity makes them natural places for accidents to occur. Notably, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 14. Swimming pool accidents are all too common and, sometimes, they cause innocent people to lose their lives.
Those who own and operate swimming pools are responsible for keeping the area around pools safe and for making swimmers aware of any potential dangers. In the event that you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident due to negligence by an owner, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
#1: Lack of Proper Barriers
A four-sided isolation fence is a proper barrier around a swimming pool. Proper barriers can prevent children from drowning by an increase of 83 percent over non-isolated swimming pools. People, especially children, need to be protected from the dangers of water. Proper barriers are an easy but often overlooked, way to prevent accidents from happening.
#2: Lack of Close Supervision
Public swimming pools are not required by law to have a lifeguard on duty. Swimming pool owners are required to post signs notifying users if a lifeguard is not on duty. In the event that this sign is not posted or a lifeguard is negligent of his or her duties, the swimming pool owner may be responsible for swimmers’ injuries.
#3: Failure to Install Anti-Entrapment Devices
Swimming pool drains present potentially dangerous situations for people, especially young children. Under federal law, swimming pools must have an anti-entrapment device installed to keep swimmers’ hair, clothing, or limbs from being caught in the drainage system. Swimming pools without these devices installed could cause fatal or nearly fatal injuries to occur.
#4: Uneven or Excessively Slippery Decks
The areas around swimming pools also present dangers. Swimming pool decks made of concrete can become extremely slippery surfaces on which people can easily slip and fall. Owners are responsible for making sure that the proper precautions are taken to minimize slip and fall accidents around pools.
Contact a McAllen Swimming Pool Accidents Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a swimming pool accident, there is help available to you. A McAllen attorney at Patino Law Firm can help you fight for the compensation that you need. Call our offices today at 956-631-3535 to discuss your particular situation with an experienced personal injury attorney.