The Barnes Firm has experienced pool accident lawyers who have helped victims of drowning and their families. Some of the most common swimming accidents happen in these locations:
Hot tubs and swimming pools can be extremely dangerous for toddlers and small children without supervision. In many cases, swimming pools must be in enclosed areas that are not easily accessible by children.
Some states require homeowners to get a permit before a swimming pool or hot tub can be installed. These permits usually require an inspection that will ensure all safety measures are in place.
If you or your child has drowned or been injured in a swimming accident, contact The Barnes Firm now. Our swimming pool accident lawyers know the local and state laws that can help you and your family get the best result possible from an injury or wrongful death claim. Contact us or call an attorney today.
Beaches can be very dangerous – even for the most experienced swimmers. Undertow is unpredictable, and it can happen at any beach. Undertow, or backwash, is the back-flow of water after a wave breaks on a beach.
In large bodies of water, like an ocean or lake, waves can be unpredictable. In some cases, the shape of a coastline can generate a dangerous rip-current, which is a strong, narrow jet of water that moves away from the beach.
Safety Practices for Pools
A diving accident is the top cause of head or spinal cord injuries resulting from pool incidents. Most often, these injuries happen because someone dove into shallow water, but a defective diving board, or a diving board accident can also cause these serious injuries.
Diving accidents don’t just happen at pools, either. There are many shallow lakes, rivers, ponds, and other waterways that can have cliffs or diving boards.
Before anyone dives into water, it’s important to check the water depth and remove any debris that could cause an accident.
Almost all pool accidents are the result of the lack of supervision. That’s why it’s always important to watch children while they’re in a pool area. There are two types of pools, and each have safety measures that should be in place:
Above ground pools – All ladders should be latched or removed. If there’s a deck, make sure it has a gate, and it’s latched after each use. These safety measures should be in place regardless of whether a child lives in the house or not.
Inground pools – The area around these pools are required to be fenced. It’s the pool owner’s responsibility to make sure all safety measures are in place, and that children cannot easily access the pool area.
There are over 5,000 swimming accidents each year which result in hospitalization. In addition, hundreds of children drown in pools, spas and whirlpools.
Here are some alarming statistics:
Here are Some Simple Rules To Follow at the Beach:
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