Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming Pool Accidents in Temple
Did you know that more than 30% of all accidental drowning happen to children? Unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children age four and under with drowning second only to death from congenital birth defects. There are many reasons that children are injured or drown in swimming pools, but some factors that increase the risk include:
- Inability to swim
- Lack of barriers to prevent access
- Unsupervised water access
- Lack of close supervision
- Location of water
- Failure to wear life jackets
- Seizure disorders
Many families enjoy pools in their yards for fun and recreation, but all too often, these pools can prove to be fatal to young children. Sadly, young children drowning in home swimming pools happens more than any other type of water death, and it is often attributable to the attractive nuisance value of a swimming pool.
An attractive nuisance can be defined as an object or condition that is likely to attract or entice a child to place themselves in a position of danger of harm that they are unable to appreciate or understand. Children lack the self control and reasoning power to avoid the attraction of a nuisance such as these and this will often make them susceptible to the danger. An attractive nuisance can be a pool, but may also include ponds, spas, trampolines, hammocks, and skate board ramps.
Minimize the Danger
If you have pool on your property, it is important to secure it properly to keep children out of harm’s way. To prevent a child from entering your pool area and drowning, you can do the following:
- Teach your children how to swim
- Install four-sided fencing at least four feet high
- Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward
- Place the latches out of reach of small children
- Install automatic door locks and alarms to alert you that someone is in the pool area
- Clear the pool deck and the pool itself of all floats, balls and toys
- Learn CPR and keep your skills updated
If Your Child Has Drowned
Swimming pools provide wonderful opportunities for exercise, relaxation and recreation when they are adequately supervised and equipped with proper safety measures. In some cases though, pools are not properly supervised, equipped or maintained and can present a high risk for accidents and drowning.
If your child or a loved one has been injured or drowned in a swimming accident, you can file an insurance claim and/or a lawsuit to compensate for the damages that were incurred. Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group have the experience and expertise needed to negotiate a fair settlement with your insurance company and to get your medical bills and rehabilitation costs covered too. Call today to speak with an attorney and let us help you. (800) 863-5312