Georgia PI Attorney Shane Smith Explains How Serious a Problem Swimming Pools Pose to Premises Liability
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every single day as many as 10 people die from unintended drownings. Ranked as the fifth highest cause of unintentional fatal deaths in the United States, 20% of these daily fatal drowning injuries affected children 14 years old and younger.
In fact, Gwinnett County premises liability incidents involving pool accidents contribute to the massive problem of fatal and non-fatal water exposure injuries:
- Between 2005 and 2009, more than 3,500 non-boating related fatal unintentional drownings occurred throughout America, especially in Georgia.
- For each child that dies from a drowning, five more need emergency medical care for non-life threatening submersion injuries.
- Of those 5 children who are not killed from a submersion incident, on average half of these children needed additional hospitalization (short or long term) because they have suffered injuries from the incident. Some non-life threatening injuries children have sustained include brain damage which can have life-long impacts such as:
- Impaired memory
- Intellectual disabilities
- Life-long loss or reduced basic functioning (breathing, eating, hygiene, etc)
If your child has suffered temporary or permanent injuries from a Loganville premise liability accident, call the Law Offices of Shane at (770) 487-8999 to speak with a Georgia brain injury attorney. You may have a Gwinnett County premises liability claim if a homeowner or business was negligent in making sure their pool was properly supervised, if their pool was built with appropriate entrance and exit safeguards and not labeled with conspicuous warning signs.
There are some specific groups within the children’s demographic who are even more prone to suffering injuries or fatalities from pool swimming premises liability factors:
- 4 out of 5 people who pass away from drowning are male
- Children are another vulnerable group because 3 out of 10 of all unintentional deaths for those aged 1 to 4 were from drowning.
- Economically disadvantaged groups that don’t have opportunities to learn how to swim are put at an unfair disadvantage when exposed to premises involving a swimming pool.
When anyone, but especially when these vulnerable groups are exposed to premises with a swimming pool, they are at a greater risk for Gwinnett County premise liability when the owner and/or operator fails to ensure the following:
- Are all participants being supervised while swimming?
- Have all participants been asked if they can swim adequately?
- The depth of the pool is reasonable for swimming?
- Do swimmers have appropriate and/or required flotation devices?
- Are there enough barriers and/or security personnel to ensure unauthorized visitors don’t gain access to the pool?
If your child has suffered injuries or has been fatally injured due to a negligent home or business owner you may have a Georgia premises liability claim. Don’t wait any longer to speak with a Gwinnett County premesis liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to have your circumstances evaluated. Call (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free legal consultation today!