Each and every day, approximately ten people die from unintentional drowning in the United States, and two of every ten victims are children ages 14 and younger. You may be surprised to learn that drowning is actually the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. Swimming pools are one of the primary locations for drowning and other water-related accidents, and there are countless pools scattered throughout West Virginia in both homes and recreational areas.
Both children and adults are at risk for injury while in or around a swimming pool, and sometimes these accidents are the result of another person’s negligence. Premises liability law discusses incidents such as these, and provides a source of legal help and financial compensation for injury victims who have been hurt by the negligence or carelessness of another. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, call a West Virginia premises liability lawyer at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC today.
Swimming pools are meant to be a source of fun and relaxation, but they can also be a major accident risk if they are not properly maintained. Accidents can leave victims with serious injuries or even fatal injuries, and action must be taken to hold owners or property managers responsible when they do properly maintain a pool. Drowning is the most common type of swimming pool accident that causes injury and harm, and fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1-14. It is children ages 1 to 4 who are at the greatest risk for drowning, and this is more likely to happen when they are around a pool that is unsupervised or unprotected.
Some of the main factors that contribute to drowning accidents are a lack of swimming ability and a lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access. Many adults and children have reported that they cannot swim, and people must be mindful of their own abilities before entering a swimming pool or letting their children enter a swimming pool. Barriers, such as pool fencing, serve to protect young children from gaining access to a pool when they are not supposed to. Without these barriers, young children may enter or fall into the pool without anyone knowing. The majority of the drowning accidents among children ages 1 to 4 occur in home swimming pools.
Other types of swimming pool accidents are caused by defective or missing equipment such as pumps, drainage pipes, gates, fencing, and more. The owners or managers of public swimming pools must also take precautions to reduce the effects of slippery walkways or diving boards, broken gates, and unsafe fencing, and should be held accountable when they do not do so. Even though swimming pool injuries may not be fatal, they may have a long-lasting impact on the victim and his or her entire family physically, emotionally and financially as well.
Here at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we understand that accidents usually happen when you least expect it. Our West Virginia accident attorneys strive to help others create the safest environments for themselves and others, and we have provided some helpful tips for avoiding swimming pool accidents. First and foremost, one of the best ways to avoid these types of accidents is to have a healthy fear of swimming pools. Many people underestimate the danger and risk associated with a swimming pool, and this is one of the reasons why they allow young children to be around a pool unattended.
Secondly, you should always supervise when in or around water. Young children should always be supervised by a responsible adult who is not distracted by reading or talking on the phone because drowning can occur quickly and quietly. If possible, choose swimming pools that have lifeguards. Additionally, you should provide one-on-one supervision for family members who have seizure disorders. It is always a good idea to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event that someone has been injured and needs immediate help. Avoiding alcohol and learning about recreational water illnesses are also things that may help to prevent incidents or future injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident, don’t hesitate to call our firm for a free consultation to discuss your situation and your needs. We are always prepared to help you gather evidence for an injury claim, and we know how to pursue the financial compensation you need and deserve for your injuries. At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we take the time to attend to your needs, concerns and legal goals for your injury claim and we know how to follow through. Call our personal injury firm today to schedule your free consultation, where you can learn more about premises liability law and your rights after an accident.
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