During the hot Florida summer months, swimming pools offer children and adults alike a refreshing way to escape the heat. Florida is home to over a million of swimming pools, from public pools to private pools, water parks, apartment complex pools, hotel pools, and more. While a safely constructed and maintained pool can offer hours of fun and enjoyment, pools can quickly become a hazard if not properly supervised or maintained. Sadly, many pools across South Florida become the site of a drowning or near drowning and other preventable pool accidents each and every summer.
Each year, over 1,000 children die by drowning in swimming pools. Another 5,000 are hospitalized due to pool related accidents and near-drowning. Studies show that most young children are drawn to the water but are not aware of the potential dangers it holds. Close supervision of all children while in or around the pool is essential, whether it be at your own pool, a public pool, hotel, or elsewhere. In addition to parental supervision, property owners are required to take proper precautions to protect young swimmers who could enter their pools.
Common Causes of Florida Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents occur in a wide variety of circumstances. Our Miami personal injury lawyers find some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents include the following:
• Absent or improperly installed self-latching devices and gates so that children cannot accidently enter the pool area and fall in • Lack of life saving equipment, such as ring buoys which can be used to rescue a drowning child • Pool overcrowding • Lack of pool ladders • Vacuum drains without covers
• No depth markers or unclear ones • A lack of safety lines separating the deep side from the shallow area • Failure to post proper warning signs, including no diving
• A lack of phones in close proximity to the pool • Failure to warn swimmers as to the absence of lifeguards • Defective pool equipment, such as filters or pumps, which diminishes pool clarity Swimming Pool Safety Facts All parents of young children should be aware of the following facts concerning swimming pool safety:
• It takes only two inches of water for a child to drown • Near drowning can result in brain damage and possibly even death due to lung complications that occur after the incident • Secondary drowning can occur even if your child inhaled a small amount of water • Over 350 children under the age of five will die in swimming pool accidents each year • Drowning is the second leading cause of death in minor children • Most drowning accidents occur in backyard pools
When a child is hurt or killed in a swimming pool accident in Florida, the property owner can sometimes be held responsible under premises liability law. Property owners who negligently maintain their pool, do not have it properly enclosed, or negligently supervise invitees, among other factors, could be deemed responsible for the pool related accident and ensuing injuries. A licensed personal injury attorney can examine the facts of the accident to determine the viability of your potential case.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Fighting for the Rights of Pool Accident Victims and Their Families
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a pool accident in Florida, contact the premier South Florida Personal Injury Law Firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano today. For over 120 collective years, we have fought for the recovery of pool accident victims and their families. Our dedication to client satisfaction has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firm, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation.