San Diego Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer
San Diego has a high number of swimming pool related injuries and drownings every year and drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for toddlers. Swimming pool injuries can occur for a few different reasons, including failure to maintain a pool in good working condition and failure to properly secure a pool from small children.
Bisnar Chase has been representing victims of swimming pool accidents and personal injuries since 1978. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients in wrongful death lawsuits due to drowning deaths and other fatal personal injuries.
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Anyone can be at risk of injuring himself at a swimming pool, but children are at a higher risk of drowning than adults. They are 14 times more likely to drown in a swimming pool than to be killed in a car accident. It is imperative that children never be left unattended at a pool, spa, or Jacuzzi, not even for a minute. A child can drown in just a few seconds, and with a very small amount of water.
Tips for preventing swimming pool accidents and drowning:
- Swimming lessons. Learning to swim and teaching children to swim is the best way to prevent a drowning. Lessons are available through San Diego Park and Recreation as well as the red cross, the YMCA and there are numerous private entities that offer affordable swim lessons.
- Learn CPR. You can get certified through the red cross. It only takes a few hours of your time. All lifeguards and caretakers should be CPR certified.
- Never leave children unattended even if they do know how to swim. This is especially important around lakes, on the river or beach. If boating wear life jackets.
- Stay within reach of of your child when in the water. Children can still drown with floaties on.
- Before entering a swimming pool read the pool rules for public pools and know the depth of the pool at the shallow end and deep end and make sure children know the difference.
- All gates around pools should be locked to keep children out when not in use. If you do not have a fence around your pool it is best practice to keep anything such as toys out of pool and away from side of pool. Many children drown because they see a toy they want that is in the pool or near the pool and they will fall in while trying to get it.
- Make sure pool is equipped with lifesaving devices such as a flotation device, rope. Something floatable that you can use to safely help a potential drowning victim out of the water.
- Never dive off of the side of a swimming pool or in water less than 9 feet deep. Many severe head injuries and spinal chord injuries happen because of this.
When you discover a drowning victim, knowing what to do is vital as drowning can become fatal in just a few seconds. Public pools and beaches employ lifeguards, but what about private pools? If you own a private pool knowing advanced life saving techniques can save a life in the event someone falls into your pool such as a child or an adult that does not know how to swim. Sometimes a flotation device is not enough if a drowning victim is in a panicked state of mind.
Keep emergency numbers close by for fast response to an emergency situation and most importantly be calm.
It is unfortunate that so many children drown each year in swimming pools, but it does happen and usually because of negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident that was someone else's fault, you need to talk to an experienced San Diego swimming pool accident lawyer. Bisnar Chase has represented numerous families and individuals who have suffered severe injury or death at a swimming pool. Our aggressive team of lawyers is dedicated to helping you receive justice. Call us today for a free consultation.
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