The personal injury attorneys at Springer & Lyle are concerned about the number of drownings that have recently happened in and around Denton. While drownings have occurred in local lakes and ponds, the majority of drownings occur in private & public swimming pools.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), approximately 10 people die every day in non-boating drowning accidents. Approximately 20 percent of all those who drown are children younger than the age of 14. For every person who drowns, there are another five who are treated in an emergency department.
For those that survive a near drowning experience, some will have cognitive impairments for the rest of their lives. Others may live the rest of their life needing round-the-clock care.
In almost all cases, the drowning or near-drowning could have been prevented if not for the negligence of another. Additionally, some people are injured in other ways due to other negligent acts and omissions.
In these situations, those injured may be able to collect for their damages from the person or business who was responsible for the injury.
Liability Issues for All Pool Owners
There are many ways in which the negligent acts of a pool owner, whether an individual or business, can be responsible for the injury.
- A neighborhood pool may not have been properly fenced or secured.
- The pool users may not have been properly supervised.
- Filtration equipment may be out of date or not up to safety codes resulting in a body part, most commonly hair, of a swimmer being sucked into a vent, trapping the person in the pool.
- Those who had a duty to supervise were under the influence of alcohol.
- Pool cleaning agents were used improperly, causing swimmers to suffer serious burns.
- Electrical equipment malfunctions causing electrocution injuries.