Los Angeles Swimming Pool Accidents Lawyer
Swimming pool accidents often involve very tragic injuries. It has been reported that Swimming accidents claim the lives of over 1,000 children each year and accidents in swimming pools account for over 1/3 of those fatalities. Many of those fatalities are children who can drown in less than 2 inches of water and in less than 5 minutes!
Thousands of adults also die or suffer catastrophic injury as a result of swimming mishaps on a yearly basis.
Another horrible injury that occurs in swimming pools is when a child or adult comes too close to an uncovered drain. The drains can contain powerful pumps that trap victims underwater. In some gruesome cases involving jacuzzis, the pump is so powerful, the victim becomes disemboweled. It is the responsibility of the pool owner to keep the pool safe and free from defects, such as broken drain lids. It has also been determined that some drain systems are defective, opening the way to product liability claims against the drain manufacturer.
Another pool injury involves chemical burns from excessive chemicals in the pool or burns from the pool chemicals outside of the pool. Chemical burns are often caused by the carelessness of the person responsible for maintaining the pool and securing the chemicals. The liable parties may include the property owner, the pool maintenance company, or the governmental entity, in the case of public pools.
Not all swimming pool accidents result in drowning or catastrophic injury. A common swimming pool injury involves slips and falls in the pool area. Obviously these areas are often wet from splashing water. Therefore, they must be properly designed and made with the proper type of concrete to help prevent slips and falls. In the summertime, swimming pools open to the public, such as city pools or shared pools like those in an apartment or condominium complex, can become especially slippery from spilled sun-screen or other adulterants. It is the responsibility of the pool’s owner to assure that the pool and the surrounding deck are properly maintained during times of heavy use.
Regardless of the extent of the injury, defendants in swimming pool cases almost always blame the victim. The defendants and their insurance companies simply will not make a fair offer to a victim who is not represented by an attorney. This is why it is imperative to hire an experienced lawyer immediately. If you or someone you now has been injured in or near a swimming pool, call Los Angeles personal injury attorney Scott Mann at the Law Offices of Mann & Elias for a free consultation. Or click here to fill out our case evaluation form.