TAMPA POOL INJURY LAWYER | DROWNING ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS IN FL
Florida’s warm climate and abundance of sunny days make having a swimming pool in your home a must. However, the Sunshine State sees all too many pool injuries and drowning accidents during the warmer months. Both children and adults suffer pool-related injuries and accidental drownings each year, although children drown in swimming accidents more frequently. According to the CDC:
“In 2014, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, one-third died from drowning.”
If you or a family member has suffered a pool-related injury or drowning that is due to the fault of another, you may have a wrongful death lawsuit. Discuss your case with an experienced pool injury lawyer in Tampa today. Our team can discuss the details of your case and determine whether you have a valid pool drowning lawsuit claim.
Common Pool Injuries
There is no shortage of causes for injuries at a pool. There are many different pool injuries that victims can suffer, some of which include:
- Slip and fall injuries when the area around the pool is wet and slick.
- Injuries to the head, neck and spine due to diving accidents.
- Ingestion of large quantities of pool water during near-drowning incidents.
- Inhalation of pool water during near-drowning incidents.
- Brain damage during near-drowning incidents.
- Accidental death due to drowning.
Risk Factors for Drowning in a Pool
According to the CDC there are about 10 deaths a day in the United States from unintentional drowning. Some of the most common risk factors for drowning in a pool include:
- Inability to swim.
- Drinking alcohol or swimming with people who are drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
- Seizures or other condition causing temporary loss of consciousness.
- Inadequate pool barriers, fencing, or pool cover allowing young children access.
- Powerful suction on drains.
- Defective flotation device or vest.
- Improperly secured pool cover.
- Drain, spout, or other object in pool that can snag on swimmer’s clothing or hair.
- Lack of supervision and child supervision.
Sometimes the consequences of a swimming pool accident are very serious and can take a long time to fully manifest or become apparent, especially if the victim is a young child. Oxygen deprivation during a near-drowning incident can cause the child to suffer brain damage that is not fully assessable until the child is older. A child that sustains brain damage or a brain injury from a drowning accident may require very expensive long-term medical care, even if you have insurance.
Similarly, any accident that results in injury to the head, neck or spine can have long-lasting effects on the life of the victim. Permanent head, neck, or spinal cord injuries are often catastrophic, causing limited mobility and affecting quality of life. Victims who suffer a severe blow to the head in diving accidents or that slip and fall on the pool deck are at risk for developing CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disease causing a laundry list of long-term complications.
An attorney who has experience with brain injury lawsuits from pool accidents can help you determine what damages you should seek following an incident.
What Are Some of the Most Common Causes of Pool Accident Injuries?
Pool and swimming injuries can be the result of a number of causes, which are not limited to pools. People can also be injured or drown in jacuzzis, hot tubs, whirlpools and spas. Some of the most common causes of pool-related injuries and accidental drownings include:
- Improperly maintained pool grounds (e.g., slick surfaces around the pool, slick tiles in the pool, broken hand rails, etc.).
- Lack of safety measure around the pool (e.g., no fence, improperly maintained fence, latch to fence is too easily accessible by young children, poorly maintained hand rails and step ladders, etc.).
- Pool owner negligence.
- Roughhousing by another around the pool.
- Lack of supervision or lack of a lifeguard on duty.
- A negligent or inattentive lifeguard.
- An inexperienced or improperly trained lifeguard.
- Defective or malfunctioning floatation devices.
- Inexperienced swimmer.
- Pump malfunctions.
- Electric shock.
- Dangerous and exposed pool drains (e.g., drains without proper covers so that hair, swimsuits, jewelery, etc., can get caught in the drain).
- Defects in a pool’s design, construction or operation.
Contact a Pool Accident Lawyer in Tampa, Florida
Pool accident injuries and pool drownings are an all too real threat to personal safety in Florida. With our warm weather and abundant sunshine, a pool is incredibly inviting on a hot summer day. But it can also be dangerous. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pool injury or drowning victim, contact the pool injury lawyers at Armando Personal Injury Law Firm today at (813) 906-1151 or fill out an online form to request an appointment.