Los Angeles Swimming Pool Accident Attorney
Swimming pools are ubiquitous in sunny LA, but they can also be a source of tragic injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the victims of 1 out of every 5 drownings is from children aged 14 or younger. While young children are vulnerable to swimming pool injuries, thousands of adults sustain serious injuries around swimming pools annually.
If you or a loved one recently suffered harm in or around a swimming pool, you may have legal options. The law offices of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP are committed to helping victims of negligence and/or premises liability gain compensation for their injuries while holding guilty parties responsible for their actions. Falling into a swimming pool or near-drowning can cause brain injury, motor skill and cognitive dysfunction, paralysis, life-long disability, or even death.
What are the Different Types of Swimming Pool Accidents?
There are several types of scenarios that might cause an LA swimming pool accident. Some of the most common include:
#1. Incidents Involving Inadequate Fencing
Anyone who owns a pool, whether private or public, must follow local LA laws regarding fencing. Often, pool owners must have a privacy fence that is a certain height with a locking gate. For example, according to the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, private pools are required to be self-closing and no less than 60 inches from the ground. This gate must remain closed for the safety of the public.
The law refers to pools as “an attractive nuisance,” suggesting that children are intrinsically attracted to swimming pools. Young children don’t think of the danger associated with swimming unsupervised; they only see it as a way to have fun. Failing to lock a gate or install adequate fencing could be grounds for a premises liability claim under California law. Slip and fall accidents are common on the pool deck, which is usually wet from splashing in the pool.
#2. Chemical Burns
In another scenario, children or adults may sustain serious injuries from chemical burns. To keep them sanitary, pool owners and operators must use the right combination of chemicals while maintaining a safe pH for patrons. These chemicals must be stored safely between uses.
Carelessness in a pool’s operation can lead to chemical burns. Liability in these incidents may lie with the owners of the property, a maintenance company, or even the government (if the injury occurs in a public pool).
#3. Negligent Supervision
Public, and some private swimming pools, must have a lifeguard on duty. These individuals are there to enforce a pool’s rules. If they fail to notice a hazard or a patron in distress, this could lead to a claim on the grounds of negligent supervision.
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At Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, our Los Angeles swimming pool injury attorneys take the rights of our clients very seriously. We specialize in personal injury lawsuits and are known for our aggressive and effective representation. In fact, many of our verdicts and settlements are the largest of their kind. We know the devastation and fear that can accompany a swimming pool or drowning accident. An accident that should have been prevented by the negligent party. Don’t settle for a token settlement or no action at all. Call us today for more information and a free case consultation. (310) 477-1700
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