Skilled Pool Accident Attorneys in Georgia
Recover Your Losses from Pool and Drowning Injuries
It’s a common enough tale: your relaxing summer day at the pool comes to a crashing halt after you sustain an injury, whether in or around the water. These injuries can be both serious and costly, and in the case of drowning accidents, the damage may prove fatal. In the United States, drowning accidents are the second-highest cause of unintentional death in children under 14. While some of these tragedies are indeed accidental, many drowning and pool accidents can be prevented by exercising simple safety precautions. If you or a loved one have been hurt by property owner negligence, you should consider discussing your case with a pool accident attorney. You may be entitled to recovery for your losses.
Do you believe that property owner negligence caused your pool or drowning injury? If so, don’t wait to contact Brooks Law Office and speak with a Savannah pool accident attorney.
Common Causes of Pool Accidents
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that one of the most common factors in drowning cases was a lack of barriers, meaning the pool was not blocked off properly or covered sufficiently when not in use. If a property owner installs an isolation fence that separates the pool from the house area, it can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 83%. Although Georgia law does not require this particular safety precaution for private pools, it is required to provide adequate fencing and signage for a public pool property. A judge will also carefully consider all the risk factors for drowning and pool accidents in a wrongful death or personal injury case. Under O.C.G.A. 51-3-1, all pool property owners in Georgia are liable for exercising “ordinary care” towards their invited visitors.
Some common risk factors for pool accidents include:
- Lack of proper pool equipment
- Failure to prevent slippery surfaces on the pool edges
- Improper safety equipment (i.e. life rings and poles)
- Lack of careful adult supervision
- Murky or unclean water
- Exposed electrical wires or machinery
- Broken, outdated, or malfunctioning drain systems
- Incorrect indicators of water depth
- Lack of gates or locks on pool fences
- Inadequate warning signs
Pool Owners Are Responsible for Your Safety
Life-threatening injuries and death can be the unfortunate result of a near-drowning experience or other pool accident. Whether you were injured on private or public pool property, you may have grounds to sue the property owner for failing to consider the risk factors mentioned above. If your loved one suffered a wrongful death due to drowning, we can also help you secure the compensation you deserve in this difficult time. Our Savannah premises liability lawyers will thoughtfully examine your case and advocate for your rights.
We offer years of experience and compassionate counsel in pool accident and premises liability cases. For a free consultation, give us a call at (912) 348-5188.