San Diego Swimming Pool Accidents Attorneys
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 CDC, “drowning is the third leading cause of death from unintentional injury worldwide.” Many of these drowning deaths occur in swimming pools. Near drowning accidents can also 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. The San Diego swimming pool accident lawyers of Martinez & Schill LLP are skilled in handling accident cases of all types, including swimming pool accidents. 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 a pool is for open public use or private use only, such as in a private home or hotel, 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 non-fatal 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; or
- Chemical injuries—from swimming in pools that are over chlorinated 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, children between the ages of 1-4 have the highest drowning rates (CDC), and most of these drowning accidents occur in a swimming pool. Lack of supervision is a key contributor to many swimming pool accidents involving children, and pool owners can be held responsible for this is some cases.
If you have been injured 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.