W ater…we drink it, cook with it, clean with it, bathe in it, wash our clothes in it, but water is most enjoyable when we swim in it. Or is it? Each year, there are thousands of swimming pool and diving board accidents, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and drowning incidents. Every year, thousands of adults and children die or sustain serious injuries in swimming pool accidents.
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools are all around us. They are in motels, hotels, cruise ships, vacation resorts, country clubs, schools, back yards of homes, private swim clubs, public community, or city pools.
Pool owners are required by law to have a fence around their pool. In addition, other safety measures include self-closing and self-latching gates, secure pool covers, motion sensors or pool alarms, and surveillance cameras.
On December 19, 2007, the Pool and Spa Safety Act was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush. Under the law, all pools and spas are required to have compliant drain covers and safety vacuum release systems (SVRS), which can detect a blockage in the drain and immediately shut it off. This law was enacted to prevent drain entrapments and eviscerations, or the removal of the internal organs, usually the bowel or intestines, due to the drain suction.
Swimming Pool Injury Risks
In addition to drowning or drain entrapment, other pool injuries or death can occur due to a child getting trapped behind ladders in the pool, missing water depth markings, or missing ropes to section off deep water. Serious injuries and fatalities are also caused by slip and falls on ladders; improper non-skid paint on pool floor or around pool deck; electrocutions due to faulty lights and wires inside a pool; absent rescue materials such as hooks, life preservers or other flotation devices; inattentive lifeguards; not enough lifeguards on duty to be able to properly watch all swimmers; over capacity; or floats and rafts in a crowded pool obscuring the lifeguards view of a submerged swimmer.
Diving Board Dangers
Many swimming pools have diving boards that also cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and even death. Most accidents on diving boards are caused by inadequate non-skid material on steps, especially on a 3 meter or high dive; mold slime; inadequate or faulty railings; worn or improper non skid material on end of the diving board; build up of oily suntan lotion on end of board; diving where it’s too shallow; diving board too close to the side wall; rusty bolts that secure the diving board to the frame; or rusty bolts that secure the frame into the cement.
Winning is THE Only Option for a Legendary Injury Legal Team
Since 1958, the experienced Philadelphia swimming pool accident lawyers at The Beasley Firm have aggressively represented clients and their families who have been injured or killed in or around a swimming pool. Our swimming pool accident team includes a swim club Board of Directors President and individual pool owners that are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of swimming pool and diving board safety.
All of the experienced Beasley Law Firm attorneys have been named as Pennsylvania Super lawyers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool or diving board accident, please contact one of our aggressive Pennsylvania premises liability attorneys at (888) 823-5291. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for free, no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.