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Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pools provide a great recreational summer activity; however, they can be dangerous. Drowning can occur when a child or adult falls, dives or jumps improperly, or becomes entrapped or entangled in suction drains or other defective pool materials.

In addition to drowning, the most common types of injuries sustained in swimming pool accidents include:

  • Head or neck injuries
  • Disembowelment
  • Limb injuries
  • Death

Negligence, or one party's failure to take the necessary steps to prevent swimming pool accidents, can happen in a variety of ways. For example, an adult supervising children in a pool area or in a home with a backyard pool may fail to adequately watch children or prevent them from entering the pool area. It can take just seconds for a child to drown, hit their head, or become entrapped in a pool drain or hose. Without vigilant supervision in and around pools, serious swimming pool accidents can occur.

Negligence can also occur in failing to properly secure a pool area. Pools that lack adequate fencing or other barriers pose a serious threat to children and others. Property owners are responsible for making sure that access to pools is restricted and children cannot enter pool areas unattended.

In addition to negligence on the part of responsible pool supervisors or property owners, pool or spa builders or maintenance professionals can also fail to make spas and pools safe for child and adult use. Such individuals have a duty to comply with all state swimming pool safety laws and can be held responsible for swimming pool accidents.

Besides negligence, defective or broken spa or swimming pool components can also lead to swimming pool accidents. Drains are often the most dangerous spa and pool parts. Defective, improperly covered, broken, or poorly maintained suction drains can trap people at a pool's bottom or entangle them in the drain, which can cause serious bodily harm.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool, call HoganWillig at 716-636-7600 for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.

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