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About Pool Accidents

Summer is a time for cook-outs, family fun, and of course, time spent at the pool or water park. Tragically, a day in the water can quickly turn into a nightmare for families who lose loved ones to dangers that are 100% preventable. Negligence is often the cause of a variety of painful or fatal accidents that occur at pools or water parks, and the victims' families can seek justice against the liable parties with the powerful representation of a skilled Dallas, TX personal injury attorney.

Lifeguard Negligence

Drowning accidents are often the result of an individual's careless or reckless behavior. Many pool or water park accidents occur when the lifeguard on duty or pool staff fails to follow proper safety procedures or when the workers do not give the pool and its patrons their full attention. When lifeguards allow themselves to be distracted, they are far more likely to miss a child struggling in the water or a swimmer who has slipped and fallen into the pool. In these cases, it may be possible to hold the lifeguards and their employers responsible for the devastation their actions have caused to the victims and their families.

Drain Cover Accidents

One million pool and in-ground spa drain covers were recalled on May 26, 2011 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC found that these drain covers were certified by labs that used faulty standards, which made the safety ratings regarding flow of water through the cover inaccurate. Therefore, the precautions drain covers were meant to provide are absent, and swimmers, most often children, are getting trapped underwater by the suction of pool or spa drains.

Between 1999 and 2010, 97 suction entrapment incidents were reported, 12 of which resulted in death, according to the CPSC. Experts believe that this number is low, and there have actually been more deaths due to entrapment than have been reported. Because entrapment is generally a little-known risk for drowning, it is possible that many drowning deaths have not been classified as entrapment. Additionally, eighty-two injuries were reported in that same time period.

Let a Dallas Injury Lawyer Handle Your Case

No matter the circumstances of your loved one's injury or death, you deserve effective representation to pursue justice. If your family member has suffered because of lifeguard negligence or a defective pool drain cover, contact our team for a free consultation to discuss your legal options to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.

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