Swimming Pool Accident

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/22/2017)

Many Florida homes have swimming pools, and sunbathing is a popular year-round activity whether you’re at the beach or poolside.  However, swimming pools can also be extremely dangerous.  Even though a dip in the pool on a hot Florida day might seem appealing, it’s important to keep in mind that an accidental drowning or a swimming pool accident injury can happen at any time.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately ten people die each day in the United States because of an unintentional drowning, and about 20 percent of these accident victims are children under the age of fifteen.  In fact, drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in our country.

Have you recently suffered a water-related injury?  Did your child sustain fatal injuries in a swimming pool accident?  It’s important to speak to an experienced Florida swimming pool accident lawyer.  When you’ve been injured, we can help.

Swimming Pool Accident Facts and Statistics

Swimming pool accidents and unintentional drownings happen more frequently than most of us would like to believe.  According to the CDC, some important facts about unintentional drownings include the following:

  • Based on statistics collected from 2005-2009, about 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings occur each year in America, and these statistics don’t include people who have drowned in boating-related accidents.  In other words, a large majority of these 3,500 fatalities include swimming pool accident victims.
  • Children are more susceptible to swimming pool accidents than Americans in any other age group.  Indeed, 1 in 5 fatal drownings affect a child under the age of 15.
  • Drownings in swimming pools can also lead to nonfatal yet catastrophic injuries.

When swimming pool accidents aren’t fatal, victims often sustain devastating injuries, including but not limited to:

In fact, according to the CDC, severe brain damage from drowning accidents can “result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.”

Swimming Pool Accident Prevention

Many swimming pool accidents are preventable.  When another person’s negligence causes a serious swimming pool accident, we can help you file a claim for financial compensation.  In certain swimming pool accident cases, a property owner might have failed to ensure that her swimming pool was free of hazards or that her swimming pool had safety barriers to prevent young children from drowning.  In other cases, a lifeguard or a supervising parent might not have been paying sufficient attention.  The CDC identifies a number of factors that can impact the risk of drowning, including:

  • Inability to swim or poor swimming ability: when children or adults can’t swim, they’re much more likely to become victims in a severe swimming pool accident.
  • Poor or lacking barriers around a pool: pool fencing and other barriers can help to prevent children from accessing a pool without close adult supervision.
  • Poor or lacking supervision: when a babysitter or another person in charge of young children fails to adequately supervise pool time, serious accidents can occur.

Knowing who is likely to sustain injuries in a drowning accident can help us to better prevent swimming pool accidents.  When it comes to child victims ages 1-4, most drown in home swimming pools.  Males are also more likely than women to sustain injuries in a swimming pool accident.  Indeed, about 80 percent of fatal drowning victims are male.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a swimming pool accident or an unintentional drowning in Florida, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation. Don’t hesitate to speak to an experienced Florida swimming pool accident attorney. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.

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