Swimming & Drowning Accidents
Swimming and Drowning Injury Attorney
With an abundance of warm months and countless water-based activities to enjoy across the state, water safety is an important consideration for Texans. Drowning accidents in Texas are more common than we realize. Drowning accidents are even more commonplace among children and young adults. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 5 drowning victims in the U.S. is a child under the age of 14.
In addition to the risk of death, drowning accidents can also result in serious injury, including brain damage resulting from the lack of oxygen endured by victims.
Dangerous Pool Accidents and Water Accidents
Drowning risks can present themselves within a multitude of environments. From private pools to outdoor water parks to places not even meant for play, like drains, the risk of drowning can surround us in even the most surprising forms. Lake drowning accidents, pool accidents, spa drowning accidents, water park accidents and city pool accidents are just some of the places and circumstances that can result in serious repercussions when combined with lacking safety or property owner negligence.
In some drowning cases, property owners may be responsible for negligence that results in drowning injuries or drowning death. Inadequate gates or guards surrounding water or other water hazards are just some of the examples of negligence. Property owners have an important responsibility to keep pool and water hazards at bay with proper equipment, staff training, and safety considerations in order to protect against dangers associated. Some instances of negligence include:
- Lacking supervision or lifeguarding
- Failure to cover pools or hot tubs
- Water too shallow
- Drains or other hazards
- Diving board injuries
- Inadequate training of supervisors or lifeguards
- Negligence by a property or pool owner
- Defective or faulty products that render a pool or spa unsafe
- Poor property maintenance
Poor or inadequate restraint installation, such a faulty or non-existent pool gates and barriers and dangerous components are just some of the dangers that can result in serious injuries and drowning deaths of, both, children and adults.
Shallow Water Warnings
In addition to drowning, catastrophic injuries are often the result of a pool accident. Traumatic head injuries could be sustained when diving into too-shallow waters that are improperly marked. Thousands of swimmers are hurt each year by diving head first into deceptively shallow swimming pools or murky waters at a lake, stream or river. Hitting the bottom or hidden rocks and other unseen obstructions can injure the spinal cord, and can sometimes result in paralysis for life or even death. Never dive headfirst in shallow water or if you don’t know the depth, and do not let anyone else take this risk. Always make sure your children swim with proper supervision.
What The Carlson Law Firm Can Do For You
If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, you may be able to file a premises liability claim or lawsuit for damages against the pool owner. Premises liability law is complex, which is why it is important that you retain the services of a knowledgeable and experienced injury lawyer that knows how to represent clients with swimming pool injuries or in wrongful death drowning cases. The swimming pool accident attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm have been helping swimming pool accident victims obtain justice and compensation for medical expenses and other damages for over 35 years.