Swimming pools are full of hidden dangers. The most prominent is the risk of drowning, especially among children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the single leading cause of death for young children and infants. And with nearly 9 million residential and public swimming pools across the country, it’s no surprise that thousands of children drown in swimming pools each year.
Several important laws — including the California Swimming Pool Safety Act and the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act — establish requirements for pool owners. Depending on the type and size of pool, these requirements may range from childproof enclosures and proper drain covers to alarms, lifeguards and warning signage. However, public and private pool owners don’t always comply with safety regulations.
Drownings and near-drownings aren’t the only type of accidents that can happen in or near swimming pools. Serious injuries can also result from:
When these tragedies occur, multiple parties might be responsible under a theory of premises liability or negligence. The manufacturer of the pool, pool cover, fence or other components may also be liable. Much depends on the circumstances of the swimming pool accident.
If you or a child has been involved in a swimming pool accident, you’ll find the legal help you need at The Weinberger Law Firm. For nearly 25 years, our attorneys have given injury victims a voice. We’ll apply a wide breadth of personal injury experience to help you get answers.
It won’t cost you anything to speak with a Sacramento CA personal injury lawyer during a free initial consultation. Call (916) 357-6767 to learn more. We have offices in Sacramento and Folsom, but also offer off-site visits.