Swimming pool accidents can occur in private homes, hotels, water parks, clubs, and many other locations. Pool accidents and drowning cases are extremely serious matters and can result in a large number of unintentional deaths of children below the age of 14. In fact, the World Health Organization reports that drowning is the primary cause of unintentional death in the world, with roughly 372,000 drowning fatalities reported on an annual basis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are roughly 3,500 unintentional drownings across the country each year that lead to fatalities. That’s approximately 10 fatalities every day, with thousands more sustaining injuries in swimming pool-related accidents.
Swimming pool accident injuries
Injuries stemming from swimming pool accidents can be distressing, and can sometimes require hospitalization, or even long-term or lifelong medical treatment.
Common swimming pool injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
Non-fatal drowning injuries may also cause severe brain damage resulting in disabilities such as learning impairments, memory loss, or loss of basic motor skills.
Risk factors in swimming pool accidents
In the United States, drowning remains to be one of the leading causes of death among children ages 1 to 14 years old. However, there are numerous other ways that both children and adults can sustain injuries in swimming pools and hot tubs. These risk factors include:
- Ineffective pool barriers
- Subpar swimming skills
- Shallow waters lacking proper signage
- Slips and falls by walkways and other slippery areas around the pool
- Accidents using diving boards
- Accidents using slides
- Lack of supervision from lifeguards or adults
- Use of unsafe pool toys and accessories
- Excessive consumption of alcohol while using the swimming pool
- Negligent maintenance of the pool, drain covers, ladder, and other parts
- Seizure disorder
In Ohio, the law requires swimming pool owners and operators to build and maintain a fence of at least six feet high surrounding the swimming pool area. Pools must also be kept in clean and safe conditions, and reasonable safety measures must be in place to ensure that all pool users are protected.
Compassionate swimming pool accident lawyer ready to help
Swimming pool accident claims can be complex in nature, as there are numerous factors to take into consideration. Was the pool private or public? Did the pool owner follow all local, state and federal safety regulations? Was there negligence involved? If an individual is hurt or harmed in a swimming pool accident, then the property owner or operator may be held liable for any injuries.
If you are injured or lost a loved one in a swimming pool accident in Ohio, call The Fitch Law Firm as soon as possible. We can examine your case and help you seek financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained. You may be entitled to collect a recovery for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses and damages.
We are here to fight for you and help you get the justice you deserve. Call The Fitch Law Firm at 855-LAW-OHIO or fill out our online consultation form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced swimming pool and drowning accident attorney.