Drowning Accident Lawyer – Attorney Discusses Drowning Accidents
During our long hot summers, we Texans like to cool off in backyard swimming pools. There is, however, a negative side to this seemingly benign activity; if there is even a moment of lack of supervision or if a pool is not adequately maintained a serious injury or even a death may occur in the pool, particularly to our children.
In such an instance, the family of the injured or killed child may be able to seek financial compensation from the negligent party by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The attorneys here at our Law Office have written this brief article to help you understand the legal implications and to help you understand your legal rights.
Child Drowning Statistics in the United States
The United States Center for Disease Control recently compiled this list of statistics to address the severity and common occurrence of child drowning accidents in our country:
Children under the age of 14 accounts for more than one-fifth of all fatal drownings.
For every child that perishes in a swimming pool accident, there are another four children who require emergency medical care in the ER in order to treat their injuries.
In one year alone, for example, over one-third of all children who died from accidents perished by drowning.
Drowning is currently the second leading cause of death by unintentional injury to children aged from 1 to 4 years of age.
Most all of the drowning that involves children aged 1 to 4 years of age occurs in residential swimming pools.
Most all child drowning occurred when the child was being cared for by one or both parents, was out of sight for less than five minutes, and was last seen in the family house.
These numbers are truly staggering, especially in regard to the accident rate among children. Consequently, this is one major reason why parents … or those adults entrusted with the welfare of our children …. need to be so vigilant. Negligent supervision is the leading cause of swimming pool fatalities, whether that pool is a residential, apartment complex, or public facility swimming pool.
Negligent Supervision in Swimming Pool Accidents
It takes less than five minutes of inattention for a child to suffer an injury or fatality in a swimming pool. Even if a child escapes drowning, there is still an excellent chance that he or she will be seriously injured in this type of mishap. If oxygen does not reach the child’s brain, then a life-long medical condition may result, seriously impacting that child’s quality of life. To further compound the gravity of this problem, the accompanying medical bills may be astronomical. If a child does perish in the accident, of course, the emotional and mental turmoil suffered by the family can be painful and long-lasting as well. In either case, an aggrieved family may pursue both justice as well as financial compensation by filing either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. We at our Law Office know that this is a tremendously difficult period of time for you; we can help you to see that justice is done and can also help you to ensure that this accident will not subject you to further financial stress.
These cases of negligent supervision most often occur when the parent, guardian, or another adult in responsibility (pool operator or lifeguard) fails to perform their duties to ensure the safety of any children entrusted to their care. If such negligence occurs the child may well wander into an area restricted from a child’s use or may simply go under the water in the pool. Pool accidents unfortunately may occur in a wide variety of ways; should this happen to a child of yours immediately contact our Law Office so that we may be of assistance.
Poor Pool Maintenance and Swimming Pool Accidents
Improper maintenance of the swimming pool and the equipment needed to run the pool is another common cause of Texas pool accidents. Bad pool gates, broken pool fences, broken diving boards, or defective pool drains can contribute to an accident that could result in injury or death. A manufacturer of a part involved in such as accident may possibly be liable; additionally, if a part were not properly maintained then the individual or company responsible for maintaining that part may be held liable. Properly assessing liability in these cases may be difficult as the parties responsible may not be actually involved at the accident site itself. The attorneys at our Law Office, however, have had extensive experience in cases involving swimming pool accidents and know how to accurately assess liability and then hold all responsible parties accountable.
Safety Tips for your Pool
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance has compiled a list of tips that should prove useful to ensure that your pool does not present any dangers to your children or to other children who may be visiting. On a different level, these tips might prove useful should a child of yours have an accident in someone else’s swimming pool; if that pool owner has not incorporated these pool safety tips then you will have merit in pursuing legal action against the negligent party responsible.
Never leave any child unattended while in or near a swimming pool.
No matter how well a child might be able to swim, no child should ever be considered “drown-proof.”
A responsible adult should be named a “water watcher” whenever children are in a swimming pool.
A fence five feet high should be erected between the pool and the house.
The pool gate should never be propped open, no matter how convenient.
Alarms should be installed on all doors and windows in a house facing the pool. These alarms should sound loud when opened.
The most efficient and convenient swimming pool covers are powered pool safety covers. Floating pool covers are not safety devices.
Always keep a phone near the pool. In the case of an emergency, it will be quick and easy to call for assistance. Plus, this means that you will never have to leave the pool area to answer a phone call.
The pool owner should know CPR.
A life-saving ring, a shepherd’s hook, and CPR instructions should be kept by the pool.
Never leave water in buckets or in wading pools.
The pool should always be the first place checked if a child is ever missing. Time is critically important in swimming pool deaths and injuries.
Always remove toys from the pool and from the swimming pool area.
Do not use chlorine dispensers that resemble toys.
Babysitters should always be warned about being particularly vigilant when caring for children near the pool.
Contact our Drowning Accident Lawyers – Drowning Accident lawsuit
The attorneys at our Law Offices can help you if your child was injured in a swimming pool accident. We can assist you by filing a personal injury lawsuit that will help ease the financial stress that you may be under. As you probably know, pool injuries may create long-lasting medical conditions that can be extremely expensive.
If your child has been killed in a swimming pool accident our attorneys can assist you in holding accountable the negligent parties responsible for this horrible accident. We will work with you to make sure that the guilty are punished and will work to ensure that a similar incident does not happen to another child in the future. While we know that no amount of money will ever replace a lost child, we will work for you to recover such damages as medical expenses, funeral costs, and compensation for pain and suffering.
It should be noted here that it is very important for the parents or guardians of children involved in a swimming pool accident to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the incident. In many cases where perhaps a faulty part is involved, the part in question may be repaired or may disappear if much time is allowed to pass after the accident. In other cases where there may be an issue of negligence involved, if time is allowed to pass then people sometimes may change their stories in an attempt to escape liability. In any of these cases, our attorneys will need to launch a thorough and complete investigation into the causes of the accident; evidence, as well as witness testimonies, are all necessary ingredients to winning a case and all are better collected as soon as possible after the incident. Finally, it should be noted that the statute of limitations in these types of cases is two years; it is always a wise idea to begin proceedings as soon as possible after the accident.
The attorneys at our Law Office have been successfully litigating personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for over 20 years. We want to help you through the legal process now so that you may return to your life with as little financial stress as possible. We do understand what a difficult time this is for you emotionally.
Please contact us toll-free. We are pleased to offer a free consultation and we look forward to answering all your questions regarding your case.
Swimming Pool Drownings
Swimming Pool Accident Attorney Discusses Swimming Pool Drowning Accidents
The cool, refreshing shimmering waters in backyard swimming pools summon sweat-soaked Texans out of the roiling summer sun and into their refreshing liquid cocoons. Multitudes of homeowners and apartment dwellers enjoy these aquatic oases.
However, these havens of H2O renewal and relaxation can become harbingers of pain and suffering if improper supervision and pool maintenance occur. Apartment complex pools, city or community pools, and backyard pools are the sites of swimming pool drownings and accidents resulting in severe injury or even death. If you or a loved one has experienced injury or death in any of the places mentioned above, you may want to file a lawsuit to seek restitution through monetary compensation and to dispense justice on the liable parties. Our swimming pool drowning and accident attorneys, with over two decades of experience in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, can help you in the aftermath of a swimming pool accident or tragedy.
How Do Swimming Pool Accidents Take Place?
Swimming pool accidents happen primarily because of a lack of supervision. We all know horror stories of children drowning in an accident that happened in the twinkling of an eye. The speed at which drowning accidents occur is astounding — they afford little mercy or room for error, it seems. Just a brief lapse in monitoring minors can result in tragedy. The negligent party may have either been an adult supervising or a lifeguard.
Even when a child is rescued from a fatal drowning accident, lifelong debilitating medical conditions can remain, caused by a lack of oxygen to the child’s brain while they were submerged under the water. These type of injuries that change a child’s life also places severe financial stress and economic hardship upon the family to provide the needed medical care. Then, the horrific grief suffered by a family over the loss of their child in a fatal pool accident can be debilitating. In each situation, the grieving family can seek compensation for their loss. Obviously, no amount of money can compensate a family for the loss of their child, yet it can provide much-needed economic relief from costly medical expenses and other damages that are incurred.
Inadequate pool maintenance is another reason pool accidents happen so often. Keeping pools safe and functioning properly requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep. Murky water, pool equipment inadequately maintained and defective pool drains can all contribute to pool accidents. If the pool is not maintained correctly and an injury or fatal pool accident occurs, the injured victim or family member can file a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit for compensation against the liable party charged with neglectful pool maintenance.
Lastly, some swimming pool accidents occur because of faulty or defective equipment, like a malfunctioning pool gate, a damaged diving board, or a faulty pool drain. Sometimes, the manufacturer of that part or device may be held liable for the injury or death. In other instances, the party responsible for the maintenance of the part so that it functions correctly can be held liable. Determining that specific liability can be challenging, and require an experienced drowning accident lawyer to untangle the causes of the accident so that each responsible party can be held accountable for their contribution to the accident.
The pool owner has a legal duty to share with guests any potential dangers or risks the use of the pool may create—this implicit duty as a pool owner is found under Texas law regarding premise liability.
Texas Premise Liability in Relation to Pool Accidents
Premise liability law concerns instances where someone sustains an injury or is killed while they are on someone else’s property. The majority of pool accidents occur when someone is visiting another individual’s home or property. In this scenario, that property owner has a specific legal duty toward their guests, depending on how the guest is designated:
A person who knowingly and willingly visits a property for the mutual benefit of both property owner and visitor is termed an invitee.
A person that knowingly and willingly visits a property for their own benefit is referred to as a licensee. For example, a friend visiting a friend’s house would be termed a licensee.
The term trespasser is given to a person that knowingly and willingly enters a property without permission of the property owner. A burglar would be considered a trespasser, for example.
For the great majority of pool accidents, the victim is considered a licensee. Consequently, the property owner has a legal duty to warn their visitors about any previously existing risky conditions and to not intentionally cause injury to their visitor; basically, the pool owner must be proactive in watching out for the safety of those individuals using their pool. In the event of a fatal drowning accident, the pool owner could be held civilly liable for a victim’s death. The plaintiff, in this scenario, would seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is a federal law that was enacted to prevent entrapment injuries or entrapment deaths from taking place in swimming pools and spas at educational facilities, apartments, and public places. It became effective in late 2008 and requires these pools and spas to use approved anti-entrapment drain covers. Texas law applies to these pools and spas too, because the state’s requirements meet or exceed the federal requirements.
Filing a Drowning Accident Lawsuit
Our Law Office swimming pool drowning and accident attorneys can assist you in seeking compensation for the injury and expenses you’ve accrued, if your child experienced an injury in a pool drowning accident. Many serious medical conditions arise from pool injuries. These conditions can seriously impact your child and lead to mounting medical expenses you would be required to pay for their ongoing care and rehabilitation.
Our swimming pool drowning attorneys can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their behavior if your child died from a swimming pool accident. Our attorneys will identify all responsible parties to punish them for their negligent actions and to make sure another drowning doesn’t occur again. Obviously, no amount of money can resuscitate your child, yet monetary compensation for damages through a wrongful death suit can reimburse you for all funeral costs, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Our swimming pool drowning lawyers have over twenty years of experience handling these wrongful death cases and have helped hundreds of families seek compensation and witness the responsible party receive punishment for their negligence.
It’s critically important that the parents or guardians contact an attorney immediately after a drowning accident. If faulty parts or inadequate maintenance contributed to the accident, the faulty part may strangely be fixed before an investigation can be undertaken, and you may not be able to prove the faulty part played a role in the accident. If negligent supervision was an issue, the liable party may lie about their actions or inaction. Witnesses important to your case can suddenly disappear, and the statute of limitations in Texas on wrongful death cases is only 24 months from the date of injury or death. It is not a wise choice to delay or postpone the process of seeking compensation and justice from a liable party.
Our swimming pool drowning attorneys are available to help you pursue compensation and justice for your child’s drowning injury or death. We will walk with you through this very emotionally difficult time in your life, and make sure all liable parties are held accountable for their negligent behavior or actions.
Contact our swimming pool drowning and accident lawyers for a free consultation (toll-free). We can answer your specific questions about your case and will share all potential legal options so you can make an informed decision about your future.
Lake & Reservoir Drowning and Boating Accidents
Many Texans celebrate the good times by taking a trip down to the lake. They certainly have plenty to choose from for fun in the sun and on the water.
Sadly, too many lake excursions end in tragedy. Lake drownings, boating accidents, and other accidents on the open water happen all too often. Accidents of this type may have many parties that hold responsibility for the wrongful death. If you have lost a beloved family member due to a lake drowning, you probably have a lot of questions right now. How did the accident happen? Who is at fault? The lake drowning attorneys of our Law Office are here to help you find the answers to these questions.
What are my Legal Options if my Family Member was the Victim of a Wrongful Death Lake Drowning?
Many different circumstances can contribute to a lake drowning accident. Careless play in the water, such as jokingly holding somebody under the water without intending harm, can lead to a lake drowning. Somebody could be driving a watercraft and hit a swimmer, causing them to drown. Safety gear could fail. In lake areas with lifeguards, a lifeguard may have been responsible for failing to notice a drowning swimmer. The employer of the lifeguard may also be considered to be at fault due to the legal doctrine of respondeat superior. The responsibility for a lake drowning may be held by any one of these parties, or by all of them, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident.
If a child drowns while under adult supervision, it may be a result of negligence on the part of the adult. Negligent supervision accounts for many lake drowning accidents involving children. There may be an incorrect assumption of the swimming proficiency of the child on the part of the adult, or neglect to realize a body of water is more dangerous than it at first appears. If a child is the victim of a lake drowning mishap due to such circumstances, the adult charged with their care may be considered responsible and could face a wrongful death lawsuit.
When the lake drowning attorneys of our Law Office are called upon to investigate the circumstances of a lake drowning, they will begin collecting information and evidence about the incident immediately to determine which parties are responsible. The services of an experienced lake drowning lawyer are critical to identify the liable entities and make sure that you receive the financial restitution that you deserve after the loss of a beloved family member to a lake drowning accident. Conducting the investigation is critical in determining responsibility on the part of the liable parties.
What About Boating Accidents? What are the Specific Legal Ramifications Involved?
Boating accidents can also result in lake drowning incidents. Carelessly handling a boat or watercraft can cause harm not just to the people outside the boat, but to people inside the boat as well. If a careless person who has leased a boat causes a lake drowning accident due to not being acquainted with the finer points of watercraft operation, both that person and the person who actually owns said watercraft may be said to be responsible for a lake drowning caused by negligent handling of the boat, the person for the negligence of their use of the craft and the owner for the negligence inherent in allowing someone who lacks the appropriate skills required to operate it.
Sometimes boating accidents occur because the parties operating the vessel are intoxicated. Although drinking on boats is common enough, even one drunken person can cause considerable damage. If the inebriated person takes control of the craft at any point in time, the results have the potential to be disastrous for all involved. The person who is under the influence may be held responsible under the law, but Texas dram shop law may also be a factor in such a circumstance. If someone gets drunk at a bar on the lakeside and then goes on to operate a watercraft and causes an accident, the bar that served them the alcohol may be partially responsible. It is the responsibility of a bar to make sure that they do not serve their patrons too much alcohol. Proving this sort of responsibility on the part of the bar involved can be complex, and generally requires the assistance of an experienced lake drowning attorney. Our Law Office has 20 years of experience dealing with dram shop law and pursuing wrongful death claims. Our attorneys can provide you with the legal experience necessary to determine who was at fault in a lake drowning or boating accident.
What Kind of Damages Can be Pursued in the Case of a Wrongful Death due to a Lake Drowning or Boating Accident?
If your family member was killed in a lake drowning due to negligence of another party, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. There are two kinds of damages that can be claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit. These damages are known as wrongful death damages and survival damages.
Wrongful death damages may be pursued in order to assist the family of the deceased in recovering economically and emotionally from the tragedy that occurred. Wrongful death due to a lake drowning accident is a tremendously painful time in any family’s life. What makes it worse is that on top of losing an important loved one in a lake drowning or boating accident, now you are faced with funeral bills and the lack of the person’s income if they were a breadwinner in your family. So, what kinds of wrongful death damages may be claimed? These include the following:
Various funeral expenses
Mental and emotional trauma caused by the lake drowning
The pain involved in losing a uniquely loved person
Medical expenditures related to the accident
Survival damages are basically damages that the deceased could have claimed if they had survived the accident. Only one person, usually the victim’s spouse, may claim survival damages because, in essence, they are standing in for the deceased person. A few of the survival damages that may be claimed are as follows:
Medical expenditures, if the victim lived long enough to pay them before they died
Destruction of property
Wages that would have been lost if the victim had survived
Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Compensation for disfigurement
The legal issues involved are tremendously complicated, and should not be attempted to be argued by a layperson or an inexperienced lawyer. You will want to have an experienced lake drowning attorney on your side to successfully argue your case. In Texas, there are four factors required to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. These factors are:
The wrongful death was the result of another party’s actions or inactions
The negligence of the liable was directly responsible for the victim’s death
The deceased has family members who are entitled to seek wrongful death or survival damages
The family left behind has suffered a tremendous financial loss as a result of the accident
What Actions are Needed at this Time?
To construct a successful claim of wrongful death due to a lake drowning or boating accident, an investigation into the circumstances of the incident should begin as soon as possible. The time to hire an experienced lake drowning lawyer is now, so they can begin the process of gathering information and evidence that will help to strengthen your case. Our Law Office will initiate the investigation into the lake drowning accident as soon as we are hired.
Have You been Affected by a Lake Drowning or Boating Accident that Caused the Wrongful Death of a Loved One? Contact the Lake Drowning Attorneys of our Law Office Today.
As we have mentioned before, pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit may enable you to achieve financial restitution following a lake drowning or boating accident. In the case of injuries sustained, a personal injury lawsuit can allow you to recover wages lost due to the accident, medical expenditures, and other expenses that were incurred. A wrongful death lawsuit can allow you to recoup your family member’s future wages that were lost due to the wrongful death, the expenditures related to funeral services, and the other types of compensation that we have already reviewed. Being free from worrying about the expenses inherent in a lake drowning accident will allow you to begin the process of recovery.
Successful wrongful death lawsuits may also help other people in your shoes. The court costs and payouts involved heavily incentivize companies to change their practices so that the same types of accidents do not occur in the future. Our Law Office wants to help you recover financially from the great loss you have sustained, as well as hold the parties responsible for their imprudent irresponsibility.
Make a toll-free phone call to the lake drowning attorneys at our Law Office today to receive a free consultation. We can answer your questions and let you know what legal options are available to you.
Water Park Drowning Lawyer on Water Park Drowning Accidents in Texas
With the millions of visitors that throng to Texas water parks each year, it is a statistical inevitability that accidents are destined to occur. Fractured bones, neck and back injuries, water-borne diseases and even death are the type injuries and tragedies that can unfold in the twinkling of an eye at these popular water parks.
When these type water park mishaps or drowning take place, the injured victim or parent or guardian of an injured child, can pursue compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties. Yet the process of determining just who is to blame for such water park accidents can be challenging because of the many legal complexities surrounding these water park accidents.
Water Park Accident Liability
Just who is to blame when a water park accident takes place? That is usually the first question or dilemma posed by an injured victim or parent of an inured child at a water park. Often, depending on the circumstances of the mishap, there can be more than one responsible party. For example, a negligent lifeguard may be unaware of a child struggling in the water, especially at heavily attended water parks in peak visiting hours. Yet, a lifeguard is supposedly trained to be hyper-vigilant in keeping a watchful eye open for any danger of a child drowning or suffering some injury. Serious personal injury can result from a supervising adult failing to act quickly enough. A child can suffer severe brain damage when a water park drowning takes place—this damage occurs because of a lack of oxygen to the brain. If a water park supervisor, whether an employee or lifeguard, fails to take responsible action when the accident takes place, then the employee and employer will both likely bear liability for the accident that ensues.
If there is insufficient pool maintenance, or maintenance of the water rides, amusement park equipment, or protective barriers such as fences and gates surrounding certain areas of the water park, the water park owner may bear premises liability for the accident. If an underage child can easily access the restricted areas, then the owner can be held liable for that child’s injury or death. If an improperly maintained water slide malfunctions, a person injured on that slide could hold the owner of the property or water park management company liable for the injury.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) maintains safety standards for water parks regarding water quality, staffing, and design. When the water in a pool or water park ride is not correctly treated with anti-bacterial chemicals, water-borne diseases can arise. Professional lifeguards should understand CPR and life-saving procedures, as well as crowd control, according to staffing requirements. And water parks should be built in such a way that minimizes injuries or accidents, such as those created by shallow pools, slippery surfaces, or overcrowded rides at water parks.
Finally, a part manufacturer can bear liability if a defective safety device or faulty drain cover was partially responsible for the water park accident. Yet, the process of determining if a product liability case exists can be challenging, because a faulty drain cover can be due to poor maintenance, as opposed to poor design or manufacturing. But if a piece of equipment did contribute to a water park drowning accident, both the manufacturer and party responsible for maintaining the equipment will undergo investigation. Also, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool Safety Act requires the installing of anti-entrapment drain covers and suctions covers in public pools. If the installed covers at water parks do not meet the requirements set forth by the Pool & Safety Act, the water park could be violating the law. Pools that do not have these types of covers may lead to water park entrapment mishaps.
Contact Water Park Drowning Attorneys If You’ve Been Injured in a Water Park
Severe personal injury or death can occur through water park accidents or water park injuries. When such mishaps take place because of the negligent behavior of another party or parties, the injured victim or grieving family is entitled to seek legal action towards the liable parties by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. By filing a civil lawsuit, the plaintiff can receive compensation for their injury or loss, and see justice served so this type accident does not occur to someone else in the future.
Yet with so many complex aspects of the law that come into play with these water park accidents including product liability, premises liability, or negligent supervision, a grieving party will often need the legal assistance of a competent water park accident lawyer that has a wide range of legal expertise and a successful track record in litigating these cases. Our water park accident attorneys have been assisting thousands of injured victims throughout the U.S. over the last two decades. You deserve financial restitution for medical bills, lost wages, and if you’ve lost a loved one, funeral expenses, or loss of future earnings of your loved one.
The attorneys at our Law Office can help you through this difficult period and are committed to seeing the liable parties held accountable for their behavior, so there are no future drowning or accident victims at the same water parks. Call our water park accident attorneys for a free consultation and discussion of your legal options in the aftermath of a water park accident. We are here for you to help you recover from your accident or tragedy and move forward into the future.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act
What is the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act? Texas Drowning Lawyer Answers
In June of 2002, seven-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker died in a pool accident caused by a hot tub drain. Despite being an accomplished swimmer for such a young age, she became trapped through suction into a pool drain. Her mother and two other men attempted to free her. So much force was exerted in efforts to save her that the drain cover eventually broke off. Unfortunately, the efforts were not enough to save the young girl. Graeme, as her family called her, died due to entrapment by a faulty drain cover.
Not wanting other families to experience the same kind of grief she did, Graeme’s mother, Nancy Baker, daughter of the former Secretary of State James Baker III, went to work to get legislation passed that could prevent future tragic pool accidents caused by faulty drains. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was passed into law on Dec. 19, 2007, and became effective the following year. Essentially, the bill mandated that all public pools and spas had to use anti-entrapment, safety-compliant drain covers so that severely injurious or fatal pool accidents would not occur.
The findings section contained in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act present a few sobering statistics in regards to childhood drowning accidents:
Congress finds the following (SEC. 1402: FINDINGS):
Of injury-related deaths, drowning is the second leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 14 in the United States.
In 2004, 761 children aged 14 and under died as a result of unintentional drowning.
Adult supervision at all aquatic venues is a critical safety factor in preventing children from drowning.
Research studies show that the installation and proper use of barriers or fencing, as well as additional layers of protection, could substantially reduce the number of childhood residential swimming pool drownings and near-drownings.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act goes on to state that ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 compliant drain covers must be used in public pools and spas, which includes school pools, apartment pools, water park pools, hotel pools, or spas located at these places. If these places do not have such anti-entrapment drain covers installed and a child or adult suffers an injury or death as a result, the property owner or property manager may be in violation of federal law. Additionally, they may also be held liable for such an accident since proper steps were not taken to ensure the safety of their tenants or guests while using their pool.
Contact Our Texas Pool Accident Lawyers
If you or your child has suffered a severe injury due to entrapment in a pool drain cover, consider contacting our Texas pool accident law firm. You may be able to seek compensation for your injury or your child’s injury through a personal injury lawsuit in Texas. Such compensation can be put to use in paying off already-incurred medical bills, future medical bills, and other types of damages often incurred in the aftermath of sustaining an injury caused by another person’s or entity’s negligent behavior.
Should you have lost a loved one due to a faulty pool drain cover, consider contacting our Law Office to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Although compensation is sought in such civil suits in order to help an aggrieved party through the financial losses they’ve experienced as a result of their personal loss, seeking justice is often a larger reason for a bereaved family member to seek this kind of legal action. When the drowning accident attorneys at our Law Office are enlisted to help with a wrongful death case, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the accident site in order to determine who the liable parties may have been and what role they may have played in contributing to the fatal pool accident. Our goal is to hold each party fully accountable for their negligent behavior so that such behavior does not have to result in further harm or loss to another individual or family.
With 20 years of experience in both personal injury and wrongful death law in Texas, our attorneys can help you through this difficult time so that you may be able to seek compensation and pursue justice. Consider contacting our law firm for a free legal consultation. You’ll be able to ask any questions you may still have and receive answers in regards to your possible legal options. Should you be able to proceed with bringing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a negligent party or parties, we can help you through that process so that justice can be served.