Swimming Pool Accident Injury Representation In California
Swimming pools are as ubiquitous as warm weather in Southern California. Unfortunately, they can be very dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Drowning is the third leading cause of death from unintentional injury worldwide.” Many of these drowning deaths occur in swimming pools. In addition, near-drowning accidents can result in serious injuries. If you or your child has been injured or died in a swimming pool accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your damages. Our San Diego swimming pool accident lawyers at Martinez & Schill LLP are skilled in handling accident cases of all types, including those involving swimming pools. We understand the physical and financial trauma a serious injury can cause an individual and family, and we fight for your right to full compensation.
Liability For Swimming Pool Accidents In California
Whether pools are for open public use or private use only, such as those in private homes or hotels, pool owners can be held liable for accidents. Just because an accident occurs in or around a swimming pool, however, does not mean that the pool owner is responsible. Swimming pools present certain obvious risks, such as slippery surfaces, and those who use the pool are expected to use caution to avoid injury. If, however, there are hazards in or around the pool that are not obvious, the pool owner has a responsibility to warn users. For example, pools that are too shallow for diving (but the depth is not obvious) should have warnings to prevent users from diving and causing serious injury or death.
Our attorneys are experienced in handling wrongful death cases, including those from swimming pool accidents. We are also skilled in handling nonfatal swimming pool accidents, which can result in severe injuries such as:
- Brain injury from trauma or lack of oxygen
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis from diving into shallow water
- Broken bones from diving injuries or slip-and-fall accidents
- Recreational water illness (RWI) from swimming in pools that are not properly maintained
- Chemical injuries from swimming in pools that are overchlorinated or otherwise not properly treated with chemicals
Children And Swimming Pool Accidents
Children are at particular risk for drowning and near-drowning accidents because they do not typically have strong swimming skills. In fact, according to the CDC, children between the ages of 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates, and most of these drowning accidents occur in swimming pools. Lack of supervision is a key contributor to many swimming pool accidents involving children, and pool owners can be held responsible for this in some cases.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
If you or your child has been injured or killed in a swimming pool accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. You may have a case for compensation against the pool’s owner if there was negligence involved in the accident. Our San Diego swimming pool accident lawyers are located in offices in San Diego and Riverside, and we work with clients throughout Southern California. There is no cost for our services unless and until your case is won. Call our San Diego office at 619-512-5995 or our Riverside office at 951-290-3367.