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Pool & Water Accidents

Pool & Water Accidents


Because of our warm climate, Floridians and tourists alike are able to enjoy swimming pools in our state almost year-round, whether it is at a private residence, hotel, theme park, or other business. Unfortunately, pools can be very dangerous to children and adults alike. Thousands of people are injured in swimming pool accidents each year. A child can drown in a matter of minutes and in less than 2 inches of water. Pool and water accidents are common and quite often lead to drowning and serious injury. Nonfatal injuries can include brain damage, coma, paralysis, memory loss, and a permanent loss of physical functioning.

There are many common types and causes of swimming pool accidents and injuries, including:

  • Diving Boards
  • Defective or Absent Pool and Spa Drains
  • Slides
  • Failure to Mark Water Depth
  • Improper Pool Maintenance
  • Absence of Pool Fence/Failure to Secure Pool from Children
  • Negligent Pool Staff
  • Slippery Surfaces
  • Entrapment by Pool Covers
  • Improper Design or Construction of Pool
  • Chemical Burns
  • Contamination

As a general rule, pool owners are responsible for the safety of the pool users. Children are especially vulnerable. Pool owners and/or operators have a duty to reasonably protect small children from drowning, especially when the owner knows that children are likely to be around the pool. Even if a pool is not in violation of any code, property owners are generally responsible for damages caused by their failure to operate and/or maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner.

If you or a loved one were injured in a swimming pool, or if you have a loved one who died in a pool, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of companionship, loss of support, and pain and suffering. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rice will work aggressively to expose the negligence of others and protect your interests. Contact us today so that we can help you achieve the compensation to which you are entitled. .

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