California Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers
Bisnar|Chase, California swimming pool accident attorneys, have represented many families and individuals throughout California who have suffered severe injuries or death in a swimming pool. Over 1,000 children die each year in the United States in water related accidents and swimming pool accidents account for 1/3 of those deaths. The major reason for swimming pool injuries and death is negligence. Builders who improperly design and construct pools may be liable for damages if they are found to be negligent. Negligent pool owners who fail to maintain their pools in good condition and fail to protect small children from the temptation of the pool must also bear responsibility for catastrophic injury and death.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has provided the following guidelines for swimming pool safety.
- Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards to young children and about the use of protective devices, such as door alarms and latches. Emphasize the need for constant supervision.
- Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool. During social gatherings at or near a pool, appoint a "designated watcher" to protect young children from pool accidents. Adults may take turns being the "watcher." When adults become preoccupied, children are at risk.
- If a child is missing, check the pool first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom and surface, as well as the pool area.
- Do not allow a young child in the pool without an adult.
- Do not consider young children to be safe because they have had swimming lessons. Children must be watched closely while swimming.
- Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
- Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Babysitters and other caretakers, such as grandparents and older siblings, should also know CPR.
- Keep rescue equipment by the pool. Be sure a telephone is poolside with emergency numbers posted nearby.
- Remove toys from in and around the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
- Never prop open the gate to a pool barrier.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a swimming pool accident, you may be able to recover your damages for negligence.
You have the right to recover your losses and you may be able to file a "PREMISES LIABILITY" claim against a negligent pool owner for not complying with state and county regulations. Or you may be able to file a "PRODUCT LIABILITY" claim against a manufacturer or designer of a pool or spa or any substandard part used in its' manufacture. Contact the Consumer Products Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov for information regarding defective pool and spa equipment.
In addition, you may also be able to file a claim against the pool owner for other forms of "NEGLIGENCE". If you have suffered injuries as a result of any type of negligence, either from the pool manufacturer or pool owner, or both consult an experienced liability attorney immediately.
Dive injuries and pool drowning lawsuits
As one can imagine, with the hundreds of thousands of swimming pools in California, our state is second only to Florida in swimming pool related injuries and drowning deaths in the United States.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys have represented numerous families and individuals that have suffered severe injuries or death related to a swimming pool. Our aggressive personal injury lawyers are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for seriously injured victims and their families.
Thousands of swimming pool accidents take place yearly from negligence
Most swimming pool injuries occur because of improperly designed and constructed pools, failure to properly secure a pool from small children, and failure to maintain the swimming pool in good condition. Property owners may be found liable if their negligence lead to the injury or death. This type of personal injury case is often referred to as premises liability.
A drowning accident can take the life of any individual, but children seem to be most at risk for drowning. Never leave children unattended around a pool, jacuzzi or spa. Remember it only takes a few seconds and a small amount of water to drown a small child. Statistics show that most drowning and pool injuries occur in children under the age of 19.
Whether it's a diving board accident, a wet deck slip and fall or a more serious hazard such as lack of oxygen or electrical injury, a pool owner can be held liable if negligence in taking basic safety precautions is found.
Businesses and homeowners with swimming pools have to disclose such to their insurance companies. If an accident happens, the insurance company can end up paying the claim which if it exceeded policy limits, the property owner would be liable.
There's a lot of responsibility that goes into having a swimming pool. Injuries and accidents can happen involving many different factors and the property owner must ensure care is taken including all pool equipment and the environment people occupy.
Do you need a swimming pool attorney?
That will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident. A personal injury attorney that specializes in swimming pool and dive accidents will be your best option. If the attorney often deals with these types of premises liability issues, there will be a good chance that he'll advance your case further than a standard injury attorney or one that hasn't spent much time in this practice area.
Our California personal injury attorneys specialize in and have represented hundreds of cases involving premises liability. We can take a look at your case and let you know what we think your chances are of recovery.
If we take your case we will advance the costs of it until your case settles. If in the end, you've followed our advice and dont win, you wont pay. It's as simple as that. We are confident that our team of litigators and negotiators can do right by you from beginning to end.
Bisnar|Chase, California personal injury attorneys, has the experience and resources to properly handle lawsuits against the owners and operators of public and private swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.
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