DC Swimming Pool Accident Attorney Fights Negligent Property Owners
During the warm summer months, many people visit the local swimming pool to relax with family and friends. However, a day of relaxation may end in tragedy if homeowners and businesses with pools on their properties fail to address or warn visitors of safety hazards. Many pool accidents can be avoided when property owners take reasonable precautions as required by law. You may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit to hold parties accountable if they harmed you or a family member. Damages from a lawsuit can help pay for costs associated with your injury or loss.
There may be multiple parties responsible for the pool accident that caused your injury or loss. Regan Zambri Long PLLC has helped numerous clients secure multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts against negligent businesses. In one case, our premises liability lawyers secured a $5 million verdict on behalf of a child who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from a poorly maintained diving board.
What Are Common Swimming Pool Hazards?
Swimming pools found in backyards, gyms, apartment complexes and community rec centers may contain hazards such as:
- Defective equipment. Faulty equipment, especially pool drains, can cause severe injuries, including amputation, serious lacerations and disembowelment. In many cases, fatal pool drain accidents occur when a swimmer’s limb is stuck in the drain, causing drowning.
- Lack of supervision. Accidental drownings are a major cause of preventable deaths among children 14 years old and younger. Some swimming pools use lifeguards to supervise swimmers and respond to emergencies, but they are not always properly trained or paying adequate attention.
- Standing water. Wet surfaces around pools and on diving boards can cause you or other swimmers to slip and fall.
- Poor maintenance. Without regular maintenance, equipment and even the pool water itself can be hazardous. Poorly maintained pool drains, for example, may break or malfunction, causing injuries. Additionally, untreated swimming pools may contain bacteria and viruses that can cause severe illness, and dirty, cloudy water can make visibility of swimmers in the pool difficult or impossible.
- Poorly trained staff. Lifeguards should have training that allows them to respond to certain emergencies. Without CPR training, a lifeguard would be unable to save your life if you suffered cardiac arrest from drowning. Employees charged with handling potentially dangerous pool cleaning chemicals should also have adequate training.
- Unsafe design. The design of a swimming pool can put you and others at risk of injury or wrongful death. Swimming pools should also have fences and have working gates to keep small children from entering the premises and drowning. In addition, swimming pools should contain signs that warn swimmers of hazards, such as No Diving signs near shallow water.
Who Is Liable for A Swimming Pool Accident?
Depending on the circumstances, one or more parties may be legally responsible for causing your pool accident, including:
- Property owners. Property owners owe you a duty of reasonable care if you are using a swimming pool. This means property owners must take steps to identify and address known safety hazards.Property owners must make an extra effort to remove conditions that could entice children to enter the property unsupervised. In these cases, a pool is an “attractive nuisance”. Consequently, property owners must have locked fences and take necessary precautions to avoid children being injured in their pools.
- Manufacturers. Companies that produce swimming pool equipment must ensure their products are free of defects. For example, if a company produces a defective pool drain that has an inherent risk of entanglement, amputation or disembowelment, then you may be able to file a claim against that company for your injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death.
- Pool service companies. Third-party businesses that design or perform maintenance on swimming pools may create hazards through negligent work. If you or a loved one suffers an accident as a result, then you may be able to file a claim against the company that is responsible.
- Schools, summer camps and daycares. You may be able to file a lawsuit if your child is in a swimming pool accident while under the care of a school, daycare or summer camp.
In some cases, a personal injury claim for a swimming pool accident may involve more than one party. Our attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to identify all of the parties who caused harm to you or your loved one.
Swimming Pool Accident Questions? Our Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys Can Help
Pool accidents may cause catastrophic injuries that require around-the-clock medical care, rehabilitation and the need for home modifications. Depending on the injury, these costs can exceed several million dollars over the course of a lifetime. If a swimming pool accident led to wrongful death, then the pain and suffering caused by the loss may impact every aspect of your life.
The Washington DC premises liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC take cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not owe us fees unless we secure compensation for you or your family. For a free consultation explaining your legal rights, please call us at (202) 753-4272 or describe your situation by filling out our confidential online case review form.