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Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pool accidents are common in the summertime because it is when most people use their pools. Public pools are required to have lifeguards on duty during operational hours. These rules also apply to other water recreation areas like wave pools, water slides, and water parks. Home pools do not have a lifeguard requirement, but some municipalities require fencing around the pool as a safety precaution to prevent little ones from unintentionally slipping or falling into the pool.

Duty of Care

Swimming pool owners, whether public or private, are responsible for providing a safe swimming area. That means it should be labeled appropriately, contain a lifeguard when applicable, and be properly cleaned and maintained. If the owner fails to provide a safe swimming environment, the owner can be held responsible for any injuries or deaths that occur at the swimming pool.

Common Types of Swimming Pool Accidents

A swimming pool accident can occur in any type of pool, such as private pools, community pools, residential pools, kiddie pools, and even inflatable pools. Most accidents are caused by negligent maintenance of the pool, not having a lifeguard on duty or inadequate warning signs. What follows is a list of the most common types of swimming pool accidents:

  • Diving board accidents

  • Faulty pool equipment like a valved drain or other pool components

  • Improperly trained lifeguards

  • Inadequate pool lighting

  • Inadequate or missing fencing

  • Inadequate warnings signs

  • Missing safety equipment

  • Missing safety markers that denote shallow versus deep ends of the pool

  • No lifeguard on duty

  • No swimming pool cover

  • Damaged or missing pool ladders

  • Shallow water

Injuries Caused by Swimming Pool Accidents

The most severe injury that results from a swimming pool accident is the death of a victim by drowning. Drowning is the number one cause of death for kids between the ages of 1 and 4, according to the U.S. Product Safety Commission. Many of the pool accidents that result in children drowning occur close to home, either in the private pool of the victim or at a neighbor’s pool. Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to accidental pool drownings. One in nine infant and toddler drowning deaths occur in kiddie or portable pools, oftentimes located on a deck or a backyard. Additional injuries following a swimming pool accident may include the following:

  • Broken bones or lacerations

  • Cuts, scrapes, and bruises

  • Drowning

  • Electrocution

  • Head injuries

  • Infections

  • Slip and fall injuries

Have You Been Hurt in a Swimming Pool Accident? Contact Georgia’s Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers

If you or your child has been hurt in a swimming pool accident, contact Georgia’s swimming pool accident lawyers at the Berelc Law Firm located in Lavonia, Georgia to learn how to receive compensation for your injuries. When a swimming pool injury leads to death, survivors may be able to pursue wrongful death actions. Call us today to schedule a free appointment. We are available 24/7 to help you. You can also book your appointment online. Ask us about our other practice areas including auto accidents, personal injury claims, workers’ compensation, criminal law, and family law.