According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 people die from accidental drowning every day in the United States, and drowning remains the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. Moreover, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 200 children under the age of 15, on average, drown in pools or spas between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.
If you have been injured in a swimming pool accident or a loved one has suffered injuries or died in a swimming pool, the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. premises liability attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. have the knowledge and skills to successfully protect your rights.
Premises liability is a legal principle that states property owners are liable for injuries that occur on their property. This doctrine applies to both public and private swimming pools. Premises liability is based on the following assumptions:
There are many ways that pool owners can be found liable for injuries under premises liability law. Common examples of pool owner negligence include:
Swimming pools pose a number of hazards to both adults and children, such as:
Severe swimming pool accident injuries can require costly medical treatment, such as multiple surgeries or ongoing physical therapy, and some victims suffer permanent physical or mental impairments. Depending on the particular circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and also pain and suffering.
CDC statistics show that nearly half of pool-related drownings in the United States happen in private residential pools. In private pool injury cases, the homeowner can face liability if he or she commits some form of negligence. Homeowners are responsible for keeping their pools not only safe and maintained, but also inaccessible to non-invitees.
Under the attractive nuisance doctrine, homeowners are sometimes responsible for injuries to trespassers. If a child drowns in someone’s pool while trespassing on the property, the child’s family can still file a premises liability and wrongful death lawsuit against the pool owner. By failing to adequately enclose the pool, the owner creates an attractive nuisance that may draw in a child who, many times, is unable to read the warning signs posted around the pool.
Furthermore, if a defective product causes a swimming pool accident, the injured party may have a claim against the manufacturer or distributor under products liability law. Common swimming pool defects include drain and pump defects, which can cause swimmers to become entrapped due to suction. Additionally, defects in diving boards, ladders and slides can cause them to fail, which can lead to injuries for people using them. Even a pool’s filter can cause injury. Defects in pool filters may also cause explosions due to the compressed air inside, launching shrapnel that poses a serious injury threat.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a swimming pool accident, then contact the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. premises liability lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP today for a free case evaluation.
Our law firm operates on contingency fees. This means that if our personal injury lawyers decide to take on your swimming pool injury case, we will cover all upfront costs related to the legal proceedings. Additionally, if we are unsuccessful in winning your case, you will owe us nothing. We have law offices in Washington, D.C. as well as Fairfax, Virginia, and Greenbelt, Maryland. You can reach us by filling out our online contact form in addition to calling one of our three locations.