Now that the warmer weather is upon us, many will turn to swimming pools to help cool off during the summer months. Unfortunately, a fun day at the pool or a vacation can cause catastrophic injuries if proper pool safety precautions are not in place.
In December of 2008, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act became effective requiring the installation of drain covers and safety vacuum release systems (SVRS), which can detect a blockage in the pool drain and immediately shut it off. However, many hotels, pool owners, private swim clubs, recreation centers, gym or sports clubs, resorts, camps, and water parks do not comply with this law and it leads to unnecessary drownings or death. The cost of repair to prevent a potential drowning or death is generally around $30 for small drains.
Without a proper drain cover or shut-off function, long hair, loose clothing, and body parts can be sucked into the drain, holding the child or swimmer under water and causing them to drown. Non-fatal submersion injuries can lead to a lack of oxygen to the brain, permanent brain damage, scalp damage, disembowelment and organ damage.
Since 1958, our experienced Philadelphia swimming pool accident lawyers at the nationally known Beasley Law Firm have aggressively represented clients and their families who have been injured or killed in or around swimming pools. Our swimming pool accident team not only consists of attorneys, doctors, and trauma nurses, but also includes a previous private swim club Board of Directors President and individual pool owners that are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of swimming pool safety. If you or your child was injured or drowned in a swimming pool, please feel free to contact us by using our Contact Form for a strictly confidential and free consultation.