Fort Worth Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers
Advocates for Pool and Spa Safety — Tarrant County Drowning Accident Attorneys
The warm weather of Fort Worth often means swimming is on the minds of children and teenagers. Swimming pools pose a considerable risk to a child’s safety because they constitute the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. Over a thousand children drown in swimming pools every year, and more than 5,000 children end up in the hospital due to swimming pool accidents. Although swimming pools can be a great place to have fun and to exercise, they can also be a place fraught with dangerous hazards, resulting in slip and fall injuries, diving accidents, and drownings.
FH Law Group lawyers understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardships associated with drowning accidents. Our law firm works with pool safety experts to investigate pool and spa accidents to identify the cause and responsible parties. Pools accidents can happen because of a lack of supervision or lifeguards, poorly maintained life-saving equipment, construction that is not up to code, and a multitude of other reasons. Our goal is to identify all potentially responsible parties and available insurance coverage to maximize the financial recovery for our clients and hold the wrongful parties accountable.
Liability Based on Violation of Building Codes, Safety Regulations & Industry Practices
Owners of condominium complexes, HOA owned pools, and public pool facilities have a duty to implement procedures and utilize equipment to protect children from swimming pool and drowning accidents. Property owners with a swimming pool on their premises can never be too careful when it comes to safeguarding their pool. A study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommended that swimming pool owners use multiple precautions to provide for the safety of children. Some of these safety recommendations included: (1) installing a fence with a self-locking latch; (2) confirming emergency equipment is in a convenient location in case a child has an accident; and (3) keeping a cell phone or landline available at all times when children are swimming to ensure that 911 can be summoned promptly.
When pool builders, maintenance companies, life-saving staff, and owners fail to take reasonable care to ensure their pools are safe, injury and drowning victims might have a right to financial compensation. The failure to comply with building codes, safety regulations, and industry safety practices often pose a basis of liability. Tragically, the majority of drowning and near drowning incidents that result in devastating brain damage or death could be prevented with proper supervision of children around a swimming pool. At FH Law Group, we carefully investigate our clients’ pool and spa accidents to build the most convincing liability claims and to maximize our clients’ recovery.
Even Child Trespassers Might Have a Legal Claim – Attractive Nuisance Doctrine
Swimming pools are a somewhat unique hazard, and homeowners may be found liable for swimming pool injuries to a child even if the child trespasses and uses the property owner’s swimming pool without the homeowner’s knowledge or permission. Swimming pools are considered an “attractive nuisance” under premises liability law. An attractive nuisance is essentially a man-made condition on an owner’s property that could foreseeably attract a child, and that poses dangers that a child is not likely to fully appreciate. Because young children do not necessarily understand the risks of injury or fatality posed by a swimming pool, swimming pools are the archetype example of an attractive nuisance.
Common Types of Swimming Pool Accidents
There are many types of hazards that may cause injuries in and around swimming pools, including:
- Faulty life-saving and safety equipment
- Faulty drains or missing drain covers resulting in entrapment injuries
- Improperly installed diving boards
- Lack of adult supervision
- Gates that do not latch or
- Pools with missing or poorly maintained enclosures
Some of the most common injuries that children sustain in swimming pool accidents include head trauma from falls, brain damage or death from drowning or near-drowning incidents, or spinal cord injuries from diving accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident our law firm is prepared to take on large national insurance companies and their clients. At FH Law Group, we tenaciously pursue the maximum recovery for injury victims in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas of Tarrant County. Contact us today for a FREE consultation at (817) 697-4400 or visit our website.