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In Florida, swimming pools can be found in just about every backyard and community. Children of all ages enjoy the freedom that comes along with floating and swimming in pools. However that carefree excitement is often accompanied by pool accidents. Thus, it is important to make safety a priority in order to protect children in and around water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of death of children ages 1 to 4. In fact, children between ages 1 and 2 represent 47% of estimated injuries caused by pool accidents. It has been reported that for every child under the age of 15 years old who dies from drowning in a pool, another 10 receive emergency room treatment for non-fatal injuries suffered in a pool accident.
Injuries that result from pool accidents are wide ranging. These injuries are often devastating and turn families lives upside down. Many common injuries are:
- Brain injuries : where a force causes brain dysfunction
- Spinal cord injuries: damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerve at the end of a spinal cord
- Drowning: death through respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid.
Pool Accident injuries can be fatal and/or extremely life altering. Although these injuries vary, the devastation they can cause is almost always present.
Pool accidents can be caused in a number of different ways. If pools are not operated, maintained and/or secured properly, an injury can and often will result. Other examples of some of the things that can cause pool accidents include but are not limited to:
- improper or defective gates
- distracted or untrained lifeguards
- slick pool decks
- improper pool maintenance
Many of the causes of pool accidents can be easily remedied. In fact, here in Florida, the residential swimming pool safety act was enacted to help prevent some of the drowning accidents that have plagued Floridians. Because children are often attracted to pools even if they have been warned to stay away, pool owners are now required to build a pool barrier of at least 4 feet. The barrier must be separate from any fence, and the barrier must be placed away from the water’s edge to prevent a young child from immediately falling into the water.
Moreover, gates that provide access to swimming pools must be equipped with a locking device that is located on the poolside of the gate and must not be able to be reached by a young child over the top or through any opening or gap. Any pool not meeting the criterion will be in direct violation of this law. Whether caused by a lack of adherence to legislative requirements or a pool malfunction, pool accidents are often devastating. In any circumstance, pool owners have a certain duty to uphold.
Experienced lawyers can and will hold property owners to that duty. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident you should consult with one of our experienced attorney as soon as possible. We can help you. Call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.