What To Do After An Accident Or Death In A Florida Swimming Pool
It can happen in an instant. One second, everything is fine, and the next second, the world changes. Sadly, there are thousands of drownings every year in Florida swimming pools. Our trial lawyer team at Clark | Martino, has over 30 years of experience and has recovered more than $300 million for injured clients.
Drowning And Spinal Cord Injuries
Florida is a sunny, hot state. Pools are abundant. But not every pool is as safe as it should be. When a pool is not secured by a fence or other obstruction, a small child may be attracted to it. In a flash, the child can fall into the pool. Sadly, even when help arrives, a near-drowning can leave permanent brain damage. This makes pools a hazard. Additionally, it’s not always evident how deep the water is. Diving into water that appears deep enough but is not can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord damage or death. Many falls happen because of poor design or errors in the manufacturing of the pool. Swimming pool accidents can happen anywhere – at a small backyard pool; a big, private in-ground pool; a school pool; or public pool. You have rights, no matter where the accident happened.
Private Pools And Trespassing
People who own and operate pools – whether public or private – have a legal obligation to protect the safety of people who come onto their property. Children cannot be expected to read signs or understand that they should not go somewhere. Children are impulse-driven. It is the duty of the property owner to make it very difficult, if not impossible, for a small child to wander onto their property if there is a dangerous element there such as a pool. In legal terms, play equipment and pools are what are known as “attractive nuisances.” Because children cannot foresee the danger of a pool, the liability may fall entirely on the pool owner if an accident with a small child happens. Of course, every case is different, and the details do matter.
Do You Have A Case?
Without a law degree and years of personal injury experience, the average person may find it difficult to ascertain their rights after a swimming pool accident. We understand that you have questions that need answers. We offer a free consultation so that we can assess your specific situation, let you know whether we think you have a viable legal case and advise you regarding what you should do next. Call us at 813-807-4737, or you can also reach the firm by sending us your contact information.