Riverside Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers
Temperatures in Riverside County usually reach triple digits in the summer. In fact, the weather in Riverside County is perfect almost year-round for a dip in the pool. For the most part of the year, residents enjoy poolside parties and gatherings. Birthdays, holidays and anniversaries are celebrated poolside. But with the luxury of enjoying a swimming pool comes the danger of swimming pool accidents.
Protecting Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Riverside County swimming pool accident, it is important that you understand your legal rights and options. For example, if a swimming pool accident occurred on someone else's property or on someone else's watch, the responsible individual and/or entity can be held liable for the incident. Examples of liable parties in swimming pool accidents include homeowners, day care centers, hotels, clubs and water parks. The experienced Riverside swimming pool accident lawyers at BISNAR CHASE have a long and successful track record of helping victims of swimming pool accidents. Please contact us to obtain more information about pursuing your rights.
What Makes Swimming Pools So Dangerous?
Owning a home or property with a pool is a major responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Pools are potentially unsafe whether they are located at a hotel, school, water park or private home. Swimming pools particularly present serious dangers for young children. Toddlers are especially at risk for wandering away, slipping into the pool and drowning without a sound. Children, even those who are intermediate or advanced swimmers, should be carefully supervised when they are in a pool. It takes just a few seconds for a child to slip underwater and drown. Swimming pools are silent killers and that is what makes them so dangerous.
Drowning and Near Drowning
Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in the United States causing almost 8,000 deaths each year. Experts estimate that there may be 600 near-drowning incidents for every reported drowning death. Near-drowning refers to survival after suffocation by submersion. Those who are 5 or younger are most at risk of near-drowning. Although victims survive, near-drowning can result in catastrophic injury such as irreversible brain damage. This type of injury occurs when oxygen supply to the brain is cut off as a result of submersion. When a person is submerged, hypothermia or lower body temperature could also lead to heart arrhythmia.
Riverside Swimming Pool Accident Prevention
Young children are the most vulnerable when it comes to swimming pool accidents and Riverside is no exception. There are several measures one can take to prevent these tragedies. First and foremost, it is a good idea to install a pool fence, which experts say is an effective tool to prevent accidents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a four-sided fence that separates the pool on all sides from the house and the yard reduces a child's risk of drowning 83 percent over a three-sided fence that runs along the property line.
You can't avoid having wet surfaces around your pool. They come with the territory. However, you can reduce the risk of a slip-and-fall accident by using any number of different anti-slip products that are available. There are adhesive pads and paint-on coatings that can give better grip.
Next, make sure that your drains are updated. The drains in your swimming pool produce significant suction to keep your pool water continuously circulated and filtered. "Pool entrapment" occurs when a swimmer's body, hair or clothing becomes entangled in a drain or grate. Although, it doesn't happen often, it can become a serious or life-threatening incident. You can greatly reduce the risk of pool entrapment by making sure that your drain covers are in good repair and that they are in compliance with federal regulations. There are also vacuum release systems available as safety features that will automatically turn off the suction when a blockage is detected.
Always have a well-stocked first-aid kit and a rescue-grade flotation device accessible and ready to use. Also have a phone nearby with the home's address posted by the phone. It can save a lot of time if someone has to call 911 in case of an emergency. It also helps to take CPR lessons. It's a skill that can save lives in crisis situations.
Last but not the least, never underestimate a child's curiosity when it comes to pools. It helps to have not just one safety feature, but layers of protection when it comes to keeping young children away from pools. Pool fences, gates that lock, alarms, safety pool covers can all help. Clear pool areas of toys so that children are not attracted to the area. Still, nothing is a substitute for the watchful eye of a responsible adult. No child should be allowed in the pool unsupervised.
For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. More than half of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for further care. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning, putting victims in a permanent vegetative state.
If you believe you have suffered the loss of a loved one from a wrongful death please contact our personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. Call 800-561-4887.