West Palm Beach Swimming Pool Injury Attorney
On a hot Florida day, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a nice dip in the swimming pool. Our consistently warm weather means that many residents in West Palm Beach and throughout the state either have pools at their homes or have memberships to community pools so that they have a place to cool down. Although most people think of relaxation and fun when they see a swimming pool, for others, the sight of a pool conjures up memories of injury or death.
Every year thousands of people drown in swimming pools. According to research by the Centers for Disease Control, there are roughly 3,500 accidental drownings in the United States each year. Most of the drowning deaths involve children under the age of five. These pool accidents can occur in a matter of moments. The speed at which that accidents strike mean that they often arise even in situations when some might consider the pool safe. According to the Drowning Prevention Foundation, 19% of child drowning deaths occur at public pools where lifeguards are present.
On top of the thousands of swimming pool fatalities, every year many more swimmers suffer serious injuries while enjoying the water. For example, many area swimmers have sustained spinal cord injuries from diving in water that is too shallow and injuries from falls due to poor pool design, construction, or maintenance. Additionally, many victims who survive a near-drowning experience are submerged long enough that they suffer long-term or permanent brain damage due to the prolonged lack of oxygen to the brain.
Whether or not a Florida swimming pool lawsuit is appropriate in any given situation depends upon the victim and the specific way in which the accident occurs. For example, homeowners who have swimming pools often cannot avoid liability even where a child has trespassed on their property. Owners with pools are often responsible for putting up fences and taking other reasonable measures to keep children from gaining access. In addition, homeowners may be liable for injuries that occur on their property due to a lack of proper maintenance of the pool and the surrounding area.
At community pools that are open to the public, lifeguards are typically present to help keep swimmers safe. These lifeguards are usually required to go through A proper training program to ensure that they are capable of ensuring a proper level of pool safety. Unfortunately, sometimes pool owners, operators, and others tasked with keeping these areas safe cut corners in order to save time and money. Their negligence may include failing to provide proper safety instruction, having inadequate safety equipment nearby, or inadequate training of lifeguards.
If you or a loved one has suffered a Florida swimming pool injury, you may have a claim for damages against the owner or operator of the pool. Florida limits the amount of time for you to bring your claim, so be sure to call our office today and set up a time to speak with our West Palm Beach swimming pool injury attorney, Eric H. Luckman. Attorney Luckman can explain how the law is likely to apply in your case, and he can guide you through the options available to you.