There are thousands of swimming pools across California, and unfortunately, swimming pool accidents are becoming a more common occurrence. No one expects an accident when enjoying a day at a pool, but tragedy can strike in mere moments, especially if a child is involved. If someone chooses to have a pool, then that person also assumes the responsibility to keep others safe who use it; if an accident occurs, the pool owner must be held accountable for any negligence. At Deldar Legal, we have helped many victims of pool accidents get the compensation they deserve after a devastating experience. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
It comes as no surprise to many that children are often the victims in a swimming pool accident. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 500 children under the age of five years old drown every year in swimming pool accidents and another 3,000 children are treated at hospitals annually. Swimming pool accidents are the second leading cause of death for that age group and the leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14 years old.
Swimming Pool Accident Injuries
Near-drownings in swimming pool accidents can cause catastrophic injuries for victims. Up to 20% of all near-drowning victims in swimming pools suffer from permanent and severe neurological disabilities due to oxygen deprivation. It often means a lifetime of additional care and assisted living along with extensive medical expenses, medications, and visits to specialists.
Diving accidents, slip and fall accidents, and incidents involving pool chemicals also cause a number of swimming pool injuries. Some of the most commonly seen injuries associated with these types of swimming pool accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial trauma
- Broken bones
- Chemical burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal respiratory damage
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, it is critical that you speak with an expert in swimming pool accidents immediately. California victims of swimming pool accidents typically only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, and only one year if the pool belonged to a government entity, or else risk losing all claims for compensation.
Compensation for Swimming Pool Accidents
Compensation for swimming pool accidents includes payment for all economic and noneconomic losses caused by the injuries. Economic costs include all out of pocket expenses like medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. This also includes payment for future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, specialists, and any required long-term care for the victim. Non-economic costs compensate the victim for all pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
In fatal swimming pool accidents, the family of the victim can also seek compensation for wrongful death. Damages for wrongful death include payment for all final medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and compensation for the loss of love, support, and companionship of the victim.
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