We think of swimming pools as fun sites for both children and adults. However, swimming pools can also be deadly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, other than birth defects, drowning is the leading killer of children in their first four years.
Other shocking facts are that 80% of drowning victims are male, and drowning death rates for African Americans are 50% higher than those of white Americans. In swimming pools, more than 7.5 times as many Black children between ages 10-14 drown than do their white peers.
If a swimming pool accident has caused injury to you or a loved one, or resulted in a tragic death, Johnnie Bond Law in Washington, DC can help you seek justice. We’ll manage your case with empathetic support and aggressive legal action. Call today for a free consultation at 202-683-6803.
Swimming Pool Safety Laws
Although local rules differ slightly throughout the DMV region, laws require certain general safety measures for semi-public and public pools.
Property owners with public pools and semi-public pools (hotel pools, for example) must provide well-maintained and safe swimming environments. Laws typically require:
- Fencing around the pool area to prevent unrestricted access
- Signs warning of dangers, such as low pool depths
- Properly-functioning pool drains
Maryland law also requires lifeguards at public pools to provide supervision and emergency first aid.
The requirements for property owners with private pools vary according to local rules. For instance, Montgomery County requires private pool owners to enclose their property with a fence with a self-latching gate. When owners violate the rules, they should be held accountable for injuries that result.
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents are not always due to pool owner negligence. For example, if a public pool features “no running” signage and you suffer an injury while running, the property owner may not be held responsible.
However, swimmers and pool visitors are often injured or killed due to poor maintenance or lack of safety measures. Some common causes of swimming pool accidents where the pool owner may be liable include:
- Lack of proper fencing
- Lack of proper signage
- Incorrect or nonexistent pool depth labels
- Faulty diving boards
- Poorly-maintained slides
- Faulty pool drains
- Pool water contamination
- Lack of proper pool maintenance
- Poorly maintained decks and ground surfaces
In situations where lifeguards are required, a property owner can also be held liable for employing inattentive or poorly trained lifeguards.
Compensation in Pool Accident Lawsuits
If you or a loved one suffered injury due to inadequate pool maintenance or another cause, you may be able to receive compensation through a personal injury claim. With the help of a swimming pool accidents lawyer, you can seek financial payment to compensate for:
- Medical bills
- Lost current and future wages
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
To learn more about your personal injury claim and what kind of compensation may be available, get in touch with the accident team at Johnnie Bond Law.
Staying Safe at the Pool
Pool owners owe every visitor a duty of care, but there are certain ways you can encourage pool safety for your family. Keep the following tips in mind for a safe time at a private or public pool:
- Pay attention to signs and point them out to your children.
- Instruct children on pool safety, such as obeying no-diving signage.
- Do not allow your kids to run within the pool area.
- Be especially cautious in pools with no lifeguard on duty.
- Supervise children and vulnerable adults in the water.
- Invest in swimming shoes to avoid slipping.
Of course, it is also crucial to avoid swimming while under the influence of alcohol or other substances, even cold medicine.
Contact a Swimming Pool Accidents Lawyer Serving the DC Metro Area
All the safety tips in the world can’t prevent accidents due to pool owner negligence. If you or a loved one experienced an injury at a pool and you suspect the cause to be poor maintenance or other neglect, call the pool accident attorney at Johnnie Bond Law to find out how we can help.
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