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Atlanta Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys
When most of us think of our favorite outdoor activities during the spring and summer, the thought of spending a lazy afternoon in a swimming pool is usually one of the first that come to mind. Unfortunately, pools can pose a dangerous risk of serious injury.
If you or a loved one was injured in a swimming pool due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive the compensation you deserve by filing a Georgia personal injury claim. The best way to get the recovery needed for your medical bills and other expenses is to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney at Shane Smith Law as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Swimming Pool-Related Accidents
Swimming pools are meant to be enjoyable and a great place for fun and relaxation for the entire family. Unfortunately, they can also be dangerous because of the open water, concrete, slippery surfaces, and equipment they contain. Some common causes of swimming pool injuries are:
- Accidental drowning – including small, shallow “kiddie” pools
- Suffocation from pool covers
- Broken bones and other serious injuries from slip-and-falls
- Strangulation from pool-cleaning equipment
- Traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries from diving
- Electrocution from faulty equipment or lighting
Pool Accidents and Premises Liability
Generally, private pools do not have professional lifeguards on duty, and children may use them with little adult supervision. When an injury occurs at a negligently maintained or secured private pool, the property owner may be legally liable for any losses that result.
There are many ways that a private swimming pool injury can occur that can imply negligence on the part of the property owner. Some of the most common include:
- Unsecured pool areas
- Broken pool gates
- Inadequate fencing
- Improper pool maintenance
- Improper storage of pool chemicals
- Inadequate supervision
- Hazardous conditions on pool deck
The injuries that a person can sustain in a private pool accident may cause long-term medical complications. In certain cases, victims will require intensive medical treatment and ongoing care. In addition, those affected may be unable to work for an extended period of time and may even have difficulty performing basic tasks. Fortunately, Georgia law allows people injured by the negligence of others to recover for both economic and noneconomic losses, such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.
Pool Design and manufacturing defects
Sometimes, pool injuries are the result of poorly designed or manufactured pools or pool equipment. When this occurs, victims or their families may be able to bring a claim against those responsible for any losses they have incurred.
Defectively designed pools or pool equipment can cause injury in a variety of ways. In addition, the injuries caused by the accidents can range from minor annoyances to serious injuries that require long-term care. Some of the ways that pool injuries occur due to defects include:
- Improper depth markings
- Suction and drainage accident injuries
- Failure of pool retaining walls
- Improperly designed ladders and diving boards
- Broken or improper fencing
- Damage to fence gates
- Swimming pool chemical injuries
After a swimming pool injury that you believe was the result of faulty design or manufacture, it is important to record as much information about the accident as possible. If possible, take photos of the condition that caused your accident. People who have sustained injury should seek appropriate medical attention as well. Finally, be sure to contact an experienced attorney who is familiar with handling pool accident cases.
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