Swimming Pool Accidents
While swimming pools are a great source of enjoyment and relaxation for millions of people across this country, they also have the potential to become death traps. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 10 people die every day in the United States due to an unintentional drowning accident. Many of these accidents occur in public or residential swimming pools. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a swimming pool accident, contact a Cleveland personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.
Common Causes for Swimming Pool Accidents
Many swimming pool accidents that are caused by negligence can be attributed to the following:
- Lack of proper supervision;
- Malfunctioning pool parts (i.e. diving boards, pool drains);
- Improper safety equipment;
- Failure to maintain clear entry and exit points;
- Improperly maintained pools (i.e. murky water, water is too shallow, improper use of chemicals, such as chlorine, etc.); and
- Failure to properly secure the pool area.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a swimming pool accident, contact a Cleveland personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.
If You Have Suffered an Injury, You May Have a Claim
Many victims of swimming pool accidents make the mistake of assuming that there is nothing that can be done legally after the accident. The fact is, if negligence was involved, then you or your loved ones may be able to pursue legal action against the party responsible. While bringing a suit will not erase the damage caused by the accident, it can help victims recover financial compensation that can help with medical bills and any other financial hardships caused by the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, consult with a Cleveland personal injury lawyer to find out whether you have a case for either personal injury or wrongful death.
Personal Injury Claims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, then you may have a personal injury claim. In order to bring a personal injury claim, your Cleveland personal injury attorney must be able to show that negligence was the direct cause of the accident. In many cases involving swimming pools, families have a difficult time pinpointing exactly who is responsible for the accident. Is it the owner of the pool? The manufacturer? The lifeguard on duty? The truth is that the answer can vary depending on the individual facts of your case. This is why it is vital that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident so that an investigation can be completed and the proper party can be identified.
Wrongful Death Suits
Persons who have lost a loved one in a swimming pool accident may also have a wrongful death claim. In order to bring a wrongful death claim the following elements must be present:
- A death must have occurred;
- The death must have been caused by the negligence of the named defendant; and
- The party bringing the suit must have a sufficient relationship with the deceased (i.e. a spouse, parent or child) and must have suffered some type of injury caused by their loved one's death (i.e. loss of companionship, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering).
If you have lost a loved one in a swimming pool accident, contact a Cleveland personal injury lawyer to find out whether you have a legitimate wrongful death claim.
Contact a Cleveland Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, contact the Law Office of Shapero & Green at 216-831-5100 to schedule an initial consultation with a Cleveland personal injury lawyer.