Here in South Florida, nothing is quite as enjoyable as jumping into a cool swimming pool on a hot and humid Summer day. Unfortunately, swimming pool accidents are very common and often lead to drowning, death, and serious injury. Nonfatal drowning injuries include brain damage, paralysis, memory loss, and even a permanent loss of basic physical functioning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2007, there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States. Incidents involving children under the age of 14 account for more than 20% of all fatal drowning accidents, and for every child who dies from drowning, another four children go to the emergency room to care for nonfatal drowning related injuries.
Swimming pool accidents can be caused by a variety of dangerous conditions, including defective products, the absence of a of a swimming pool barrier, poor maintenance near the pool area, and general carelessness. Pool owners and operators usually have a duty to reasonably protect small children from drowning, especially when the owner or operator knows that children are likely present around the pool.
An experienced swimming pool accident attorney can help to guide you through the complicated legal issues that arise after a pool accident. If you were injured or have a loved one who died in a swimming pool, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, any resulting permanent disability, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Call the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers and Anidjar & Levine for a free consultation at 800-747-3733. Our diligent and experienced attorneys can help you to weigh your options and determine the best course of action.