Philadelphia Swimming Pool Injury/Drowning Lawyer
While swimming pools can offer hours of family fun, they can also be highly dangerous. Children and adults alike can drown in a matter of moments, while pool injury survivors must bear the burden of enormous medical costs and lingering emotional and physical trauma. If you or someone you love was hurt while swimming because of a defective product or careless lifeguard, you may be able to collect compensation for your losses.
The experienced Pennsylvania swimming pool accident attorneys at Reiff & Bily have decades of representing injury survivors and wrongful death victims. We may be able to help your family recover significant compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. To discuss the details of your accident in a free and private case evaluation, call our law offices at (800) 861-6708 today.
DROWNING STATISTICS AND COMMON CAUSES OF SWIMMING INJURIES
The CDC estimates that unintentional drowning causes about ten deaths per day, making it the fifth leading cause of accidental injury and death in the United States. What is more frightening, especially for parents, is that 76% of these fatal accidents strike children under the age of five.
Survivors often struggle with permanent injuries like memory problems, learning disabilities, severe brain damage, and spinal cord injuries.
Tragic accidents can occur in private pools, public pools, and even kiddie pools or spas. Regardless of the location, the majority of pool-related injuries are caused by factors such as:
- Lack of supervision.
- Lack of swimming ability.
- Lifeguard inattentiveness or intoxication.
- Lack of appropriate barriers or fencing.
- Inadequate maintenance of pool facilities.
- Entrapment in powerful pool drains .
- Location of the pool.
The CDC has also determined that a lack of barriers and fences is the most common risk factor for drowning and other pool-related injuries. In less than five minutes and two inches of water, an innocent life could be lost. The Consumer Product Safety Commission continues to urge parents to watch children at all times around swimming pools and spas, and practice other safety steps such as learning water safety and rescue skills like CPR, and installing anti-entrapment pool and drain covers.
ESTABLISHING LIABILITY: FEDERAL AND PENNSYLVANIA POOL SAFETY LAWS
Pennsylvania residents have the right to hold the property owner liable for a swimming pool accident, if it occurred because of negligence on their part. In this context, negligence refers to an unreasonable failure to properly protect the swimmers, such as the installation of proper drain covers or appropriate fencing, that results in an injury.
There are also extremely specific codes about both above ground and underground pool barriers such as a four foot height requirement, and a requirement that the barrier must completely surround any outdoor public pool. While these laws and codes are in place to keep you and your family safe, some public pools are not always up to the most recent code.
In 2008, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was passed, which required pool owners to install anti-entrapment drain covers and other systems to prevent entrapment-type injuries and fatalities. Suction entrapment occurs when someone is trapped by the powerful suction of some types of drains. Other accidents occur where swimmers get trapped in defective drain covers, holding them underwater. Recently, eight different manufacturers have issued recalls for pool and spa covers due to incorrect ratings, putting swimmers at risk of entrapment. Although this law has been in place for several years, a survey of pool owners and operators indicated that 30% do not have the safety measures in place that are required by the Safety Act.
Unfortunately, privately owned pools such as those in your neighbor’s backyard, do not necessarily have to follow such laws and codes. Liability cases in these circumstances can get complex fairly quickly, which is why it is important to contact an experienced attorney who understands your specific case.
Swimming pool accident litigation is fact-specific and extremely technical, which can make an experienced attorney’s guidance extremely valuable. At Reiff & Bily, we support our clients with thorough knowledge of Pennsylvania and federal law, but also with the understanding of their difficult loss. We strive to secure fair compensation for damages like medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
CONTACT OUR ATTORNEYS FOR HELP FILING A CLAIM
If you, your child, or a loved one has suffered a drowning or near drowning accident you may be able to file a claim for premise liability or negligence, and receive financial compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Please do not hesitate to contact us online or at 1-800-861-6708, for your free consultation. We will make every best effort to put you at east during this difficult time and help you navigate your legal claim.
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