Port St. Lucie Swimming Pool Accident
Swimming pools are fun to relax in, but they are definitely a major source of accidents in Florida. Each year, thousands of people in Florida are sent to the emergency room with swimming pool injuries, and some people tragically perish in these accidents. In fact, more than 500 children between the ages of 1 and 4 die each year in Florida due to a swimming pool accident—and thousands more are hurt. If you or a child was injured in this type of accident, please contact Smith, Ball & Báez today. Our Port St. Lucie swimming pool accident lawyer will explain your legal rights in a complimentary consultation.
How People Are Injured in Swimming Pools
These accidents are surprisingly common, even when people are experienced swimmers. You might have a legal claim if you were hurt in any of the following accidents:
Injury at a hotel or motel. The business establishment might fail to maintain the pool properly or fail to have a lifeguard on duty.
Injury at a friend’s private pool. These pools could also fall into disrepair, such as loose tiles which someone slips on. The diving board might collapse, causing an injury.
Failure to supervise. Adults need to supervise children, and you might send your child to a friend’s house with the expectation that an adult will watch over them. Unfortunately, some adults are negligent, and young children suffer drowning or near-drowning accidents.
Product defect. The pool or equipment could be defective, such as vents which entrap a child’s hand or arm. You might sue the manufacturer for the defect.
Trespassing. Generally, adults cannot sue a property owner if they were trespassing when injured by the pool. But the law is different with children, and pool owners need sufficient safety equipment or barriers, like a locked gate or alarms. Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act has a list of requirements that pool owners must follow.
A swimming pool accident often involves different areas of law, such as premises liability, negligent security, product defective, and possibly municipal liability if injured in a public pool. Please contact our law firm so we can provide concrete steps to take to protect your legal rights or your child.
With a lawsuit, you can hold a property owner accountable and also receive compensation for bills and expenses. Many swimming pool accidents lead to serious injuries, such as fractures or head injuries, as well as brain injury. When oxygen is cut off from the brain, a person can suffer an anoxic or hypoxic brain injury. These usually lead to permanent disabilities.
Other compensation should cover physical pain, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and lost income, depending on the circumstances.
We Can Help Anyone Hurt in a Swimming Pool Accident
Please don’t hesitate to call Smith, Ball & Báez for a free consultation. Our legal team can quickly investigate the accident and find useful information to bolster your legal claim. Call us to speak with a Port St. Lucie swimming pool accident lawyer.