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Were You Injured in a Swimming Pool Accident?

During the warm summer months, many people visit the local swimming pool to relax with family and friends. However, a day of relaxation may end in tragedy if homeowners and businesses with pools on their properties fail to address or warn visitors of safety hazards.

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How Can a Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer Help Your Case?

Many pool accidents can be avoided when property owners take reasonable precautions as required by law. You may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit to hold parties accountable if they harmed you or a family member. The damages from a lawsuit can help pay for costs associated with your injury or loss.

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There may be multiple parties responsible for the pool accident that caused your injury or loss. With more than one party involved in a claim, it can make your case more difficult, especially if the injuries you sustained were severe or you lost a loved one as the result of the owner’s negligence. You will need an experienced swimming pool accident lawyer in Washington, DC to help you with your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.

Regan Zambri Long PLLC has helped hundreds of clients secure settlements and verdicts against negligent businesses. In one case, our premises liability lawyers secured a $5 million verdict on behalf of a child who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from a poorly maintained diving board.

If you were injured in a swimming pool accident on someone else’s property, let us help. Contact our DC swimming pool accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

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What Are Common Swimming Pool Hazards in Washington, DC?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year there is an estimated 3,960 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children – more children ages 1 through 4 die from drowning than any other cause of death except for birth defects. In fact, for children ages 1 through 14, drowning is the second cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle accidents.

Swimming pools found in backyards, gyms, apartment complexes, and community rec centers may contain hazards such as:

  • Defective equipment. Faulty equipment, especially pool drains, can cause severe injuries, including amputation, serious lacerations and disembowelment. In many cases, fatal pool drain accidents occur when a swimmer’s limb is stuck in the drain, causing drowning.
  • Lack of supervision. Accidental drownings are a major cause of preventable deaths among children 14 years old and younger. Some swimming pools use lifeguards to supervise swimmers and respond to emergencies, but they are not always properly trained or paying adequate attention.
  • Standing water. Wet surfaces around pools and on diving boards can cause you or other swimmers to slip and fall.
  • Poor maintenance. Without regular maintenance, equipment and even the pool water itself can be hazardous. Poorly maintained pool drains, for example, may break or malfunction, causing injuries. Additionally, untreated swimming pools may contain bacteria and viruses that can cause severe illness, and dirty, cloudy water can make the visibility of swimmers in the pool difficult or impossible.
  • Poorly trained staff. Lifeguards should have training that allows them to respond to certain emergencies. Without CPR training, a lifeguard would be unable to save your life if you suffered cardiac arrest from drowning. Employees charged with handling potentially dangerous pool cleaning chemicals should also have adequate training.
  • Unsafe design. The design of a swimming pool can put you and others at risk of injury or wrongful death. Swimming pools should also have fences and have working gates to keep small children from entering the premises and drowning. In addition, swimming pools should contain signs that warn swimmers of hazards, such as No Diving signs near shallow water.
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Who Is Liable For A Swimming Pool Accident?

Depending on the circumstances, one or more parties may be legally responsible for causing your pool accident, including:

In some cases, a personal injury claim for a swimming pool accident may involve more than one party. Our attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to identify all of the parties who caused harm to you or your loved one.

Swimming Pool Accident Questions? Our Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys Can Help

Pool accidents may cause catastrophic injuries that require around-the-clock medical care, rehabilitation, and the need for home modifications. Depending on the injury, these costs can exceed several million dollars over the course of a lifetime. If a swimming pool accident led to wrongful death, then the pain and suffering caused by the loss may impact every aspect of your life.

The Washington, DC premises liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC take cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not owe us fees unless we secure compensation for you or your family. For a free consultation explaining your legal rights, please call us at (202) 960-4596 or describe your situation by filling out our confidential online case review form.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pool Accidents in Washington, DC

What is an Attractive Nuisance and How Will it Affect My Pool Accident Claim?

An attractive nuisance is a dangerous condition on the property that could attract a child to trespass onto the property, leading to an injury. If this occurs, then the property owner could be held responsible for the child’s injuries.

Under the attractive nuisance doctrine, swimming pool owners could be held liable for a child’s injury if they knew about the risk but didn’t make the area safe for a trespasser. For example, if the property owner lives in a neighborhood where children are known to cut through people’s yards. The owner has a pool in their backyard but does not have a fence around the pool. Since the pool is open, a young child can jump into the pool without anyone noticing. Not a strong swimmer, the child begins to struggle in the water and finally drowns.

Because proper precautions were not taken by the property owner, they may be held liable for the child’s drowning.

What are the Common Types of Swimming Pool Accidents?

Drowning is not the only accident that occurs at a swimming pool. Other common accidents include:

How Long Will My Pool Accident Case Take?

Each personal injury claim is different. Depending on how serious your injuries are and how many parties are involved, it could take your case months if not years for the case to reach a settlement or verdict. That’s why we stress the sooner you file a claim, the better your chances of having the matter resolved quickly. You have only three years in DC and Maryland, and two years in Virginia to contact our premises liability lawyer about your claim now.

If I Lost a Loved One in a Drowning Accident, Can I Sue on Their Behalf?

If your loved one had drowned because of the negligence of another individual or business, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Do I Need a Premises Liability Lawyer for My Claim?

It’s always smart to speak with a personal injury attorney whenever you are injured by someone else’s negligence. Even if you think you are partially to blame for the accident, our pool accident lawyer will take the time to review your case, examine the evidence, and figure out who can be held responsible for your injuries. We can also give you a rough estimate of how much your claim is worth and negotiate with the insurance company to make sure you get the full amount owed to you.

Remember, the first consultation is always free so contact a DC swimming pool accident lawyer at Regan Zambri Long PLLC today for more information.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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