Swimming Pool Accidents
Was one of your loved ones injured in a swimming pool accident? There are many different types of accidents that can occur in a swimming pool, including drowning, getting caught or stuck in the pool's drain and diving accidents. At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, we proudly represent accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death cases following swimming pool accidents.Injuries Caused by Poorly Run or Designed Swimming Pools
When pools are operated properly and a lifeguard is on duty, the risk of injury is relatively low, even for young children. However, it only takes a child about 25 seconds of being submerged underwater to start to drown. Thus, the slightest error or oversight can lead to tragic consequences.
When most people think about the possible injuries involving a swimming pool, drowning comes to mind. Indeed, drowning is the most common swimming pool-related injury. What fewer people know is that not all instances of drowning are fatal. In fact, non-fatal drownings are extremely common—according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average of 6,300 emergency room visits each year related to non-fatal drownings.
A non-fatal drowning occurs when someone’s brain is deprived of oxygen as a result of being submerged underwater. The impact of a non-fatal drowning can be severe and often include irreversible brain damage. Those who suffer from brain damage as a result of a non-fatal drowning may experience,
- Memory loss,
- Poor decision-making abilities,
- A decrease in motor coordination,
- Cognitive impairment, and
- The death of brain cells.
If you or someone in your family recently experienced a preventable drowning at a swimming pool, it may have been caused by the negligence of the pool’s owner. If so, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation from the responsible party.Are Swimming Pool Accidents Avoidable?
Yes, in most cases, incidents involving children or adults who drown in a swimming pool can be avoided, provided the owner of the pool takes the necessary precautions. Swimming pool accidents can be caused by:
- Improper or inadequate maintenance,
- A lack of lifeguards or supervision,
- Insufficient safety equipment,
- Poor design or construction, or
- Missing fences or safety covers.
If the pool owner's negligence caused the accident, accident victims can file a personal injury claim to pursue compensation for their losses. Depending on the situation, the individuals or entities that can be held liable for damages can include the property owners (residential, hotel, apartment, school, municipality, etc.), pool manufacturer or pool equipment supplier.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pool accident, you should not hesitate to consult with a Charlotte personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options. You could be entitled to monetary damages for your medical expenses, as well as your pain, suffering and mental distress. If you lost a loved one in a pool accident, you can bring a wrongful death claim on your loved one’s behalf.Aggressive Charlotte Personal Injury Attorneys Providing You with Effective and Compassionate Representation
Hundreds of children drown each year in swimming pool accidents. The loss of a child or loved one can be heartbreaking and devastating. The Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC is a personal injury firm that is dedicated to providing accident victims and their families with the skilled legal representation they need when pursuing compensation after a swimming pool accident. Our firm understands the emotional trauma that can result from swimming pool accidents, and we will diligently pursue the maximum monetary compensation you and your family deserve. We are hardworking litigators who will provide uncompromising legal assistance and support throughout your case. Get in touch with our office so we can meet with you and start fighting for justice today.
To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach one of our Concord swimming pool accident lawyers at 704-918-4747. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not bill you for our services unless we can connect you with compensation for what you’ve been through.