Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pools are a wonderful diversion in Illinois during the warmer months; however, serious injuries can occur if pools are not operated, secured, or maintained properly. These may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death as a result of drowning.
About ten people die from unintentional drowning per day, in which two are children ages fourteen or younger. Ranking fifth in the United States, drowning is among the leading causes of unintentional injury death.
There was an average of 3,500 deaths from unintentional drownings from 2005 to 2009 (non-boating related) occurring every year in the United States — almost ten deaths each day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five people who die from drowning are children fourteen and younger. Every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Furthermore, more than half of drowning victims treated in emergency units require hospitalization or transfer to a specialist unit for further care. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause serious brain damage that may result in long withstanding disabilities such as memory loss, learning impairments, and loss of basic motor skills (e.g., permanent vegetative state).Common Swimming Pool Accidents
Although it is among the most severe, drowning is not the only swimming accident that can happen in or near a pool. Common causes of Illinois swimming pool accidents include:
- Defective swimming pool drains,
- Distracted in under trained lifeguards,
- Improper or defective gates and fences,
- Improper pool maintenance,
- Inadequately marked shallow or deep ends,
- Murky pool water,
- Overcrowded swimming facilities, and
- Slick pool decks
There are a number of circumstances that could lead to serious injury, or even death in a swimming pool accident. That is why it important to discuss your potential case with a lawyer who can determine if someone else’s negligence caused your pool-related injury or the wrongful death of a loved one.
If you or your loved one has suffered a serious personal injury or wrongful death in a swimming pool accident in Illinois, you may be able to seek compensation for your injury or loss while holding all wrongdoers accountable. A premises liability lawsuit can be filed if the swimming pool operator did not follow regulations for securing or maintaining the condition of the pool or its surroundings. If a defective swimming pool drain entraps a swimmer or causes disembowelment, the victim or family of the victim may file a products liability lawsuit.Contact an Illinois Lawyer
If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries sustained in a swimming pool accident, you should take action as quickly as possible. Statutes of limitations do exist, and they vary from case to case. Please contact one of our attorneys at the law firm of Levin & Perconti at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872.
We will gladly review the details of your situation and consult with you on the best course of action. There is absolutely NO FEE for a consultation and no obligation of any kind. Complete our online case evaluation form and a Chicago injury attorney will call you back soon to discuss your case.