Swimming Pool Injury and Drowning
When the summer heat strikes, swimming is a great way to cool off and have some fun. Unfortunately, swimming pools can be dangerous—leading to injury and even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that drowning accidents resulted in approximately 3,536 deaths between 2005 and 2014. That is, approximately ten people die each day due to drowning accidents.
Jed Dietrich, Esq. obtained a $7,000,000.00 verdict for a 37-year-old woman who suffered a permanent brain injury following a near-drowning accident at a public pool.
You, and your loved ones, deserve the best personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, New York. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team of Buffalo, New York swimming pool injury and drowning lawyers have settled $175,000,000.00 on behalf of their clients. We will battle to obtain the best possible result for YOU!The “Attractive Nuisance” Doctrine
Children are often curious and adventurous—particularly when it comes to swimming pools. As a result, they can relatively easily find themselves in dangerous situations which can lead to swimming pool injuries or drowning.
An attractive nuisance is generally defined as something dangerous that a child may find intriguing, which may entice the child to enter onto your property. Examples of attractive nuisances include swimming pools and trampolines.
The law recognizes that children may not fully understand the dangers that a swimming pool can pose. As a result, a property owner with a swimming pool has a legal duty to take precautions to prevent harm to both invited and trespassing children on their property. Failure to do so will likely result in legal liability for any injuries to the child.
If you, or a loved one, suffered a serious injury or drowning in a swimming pool, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team of Buffalo, New York swimming pool injury lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. for a free consultation. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 716-839-3939. We will come to you and there is never a fee until we WIN for you.Common Swimming Pool Injuries
Lack of adequate supervision, damaged or slippery pool decks and faulty pool gates and locks can cause a person to suffer serious injuries and even death.
Common swimming pool related injuries include:
- Drowning: Often caused by inability to swim, loss of consciousness in the water or leaving children unattended.
- Hypoxia or Traumatic Brain Injury: Often caused by lack of oxygen to the brain and/or other tissues, or a head injury sustained after diving into shallow water.
- Spinal Cord Injury: Often caused by diving into shallow water, slip and falls on a pool deck or diving board and blunt force trauma as a result of rough play or colliding with another swimmer.
- Broken Bones or Sprains: Often sustained as a result of slip and falls.
Although swimming pool injuries can be traumatic and life-changing, Jed Dietrich, Esq. will work to obtain the compensation that you are entitled to from the pool owner’s homeowners’ insurance. This can help to ease the financial burden on you or your family during this challenging time.
There are strict time constraints applicable to swimming pool injury and drowning accidents. If you, or a loved one, suffered a serious injury or drowned because a swimming pool owner failed to keep their property safe, call Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team of drowning lawyers in Buffalo, New York NOW at 716-839-3939 so that we can help you. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team will fight to obtain the best result for you.How Can I Prevent Swimming Pool Injuries And Drowning Accidents?
The owner of a property with a swimming pool can and should take steps to make their property safe for children and other visitors. Safety requirements for outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs and spas can be found in Appendix G of the Residential Code of New York State.
The following swimming pool safety precautions are required in New York State:
- Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas must be surrounded by a barrier at least 48 inches in height;
- Gates must be self-closing, self-latching and securely locked;
- Ladders or steps to an above-ground pool must be capable of being secured, locked or removed to prevent access; and
- Swimming pools or spas installed, constructed or substantially modified after December 14, 2006 must be equipped with an approved pool alarm.
It is important to make sure that gates, fences and ladders/steps are closed and securely locked when the pool is not in use. In addition, pool owners should make sure swimmers are adequately supervised and no one should swim alone. Do not allow running or rough play in the pool area. Having access to flotation devices, safety equipment, a telephone in case of an emergency and knowing how to perform CPR can help save someone’s life.
Unfortunately, swimming pool injuries and drownings can happen if a property owner does not take the appropriate precautions. If you, or a loved one, suffered a serious injury or drowning in a swimming pool, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team of Buffalo, New York swimming pool injury and drowning lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. for a free consultation. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 716-839-3939. We will come to you and there is never a fee until we WIN for you.
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!