Do you own a pool? Do you plan to host people for events or parties this summer? You will want to make sure that you have safety measures in place to prevent an accident from occurring on your premises.
Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2005-2009, there was an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drowning incidents each year in the U.S., or about 10 deaths each day.
Unfortunately, children are often victims when it comes to drowning, as about one in five accidental drowning victims are 14 years old or younger. This is because many young children are left unmonitored, allowing them to fall into pools or deep waters where they cannot swim.
If you own a pool, in order to protect your guests, you should:
- Have drain covers
- Make sure all cleaning equipment is working properly
- Post signs about depths and slippery flooring
- Make sure children are monitored at all times
- Provide first aid kits
Additionally, it may be wise to take a CPR course, in the event that a drowning incident does occur. Your may be able to save someone’s life by taking these precautions.
Our attorneys also think that it is wise for pool owners to invest in an automated external defibrillator (AED) in case someone has a cardiac event while swimming.
Our Maryland Injury Attorneys Assist Pool Accident Victims
If you or a family member has suffered through the heartbreak of a pool accident, speak to our attorneys about your legal rights. The earlier you can speak to our firm, the quicker we can launch an investigation into the incident.
Through a premises liability or wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to pursue damages. Our attorneys can work directly with homeowner insurers who may attempt to contact you to settle a claim, making sure that it is in your best interest.
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Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.