Charlotte Swimming Pool Accident Attorney
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Both public and private swimming pools are popular for cooling off in warm weather, as well as a good way to get exercise. However, pools come with the potential for injury, from slips and falls to drownings. Young children are especially vulnerable to the hazards posed by swimming pools and hot tubs, and it is important that you understand your rights after you or a loved one suffer injury due to a pool owner’s negligence.
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. At Price, Petho & Associates, we have extensive experience handling these types of injury claims, and we want to help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled. Swimming pools can be wonderful for recreational purposes, but they can also lead to injuries or fatalities when others are negligent.
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A 2021 U.S. News and World Report article states that pool and spa drownings are on the rise, especially among children. They report the following data:
- About 400 children under age 15 drown each year in pools and spas
- Three-quarters of those involved children under age 5
- 83% of drownings occurred in residential swimming pools
- Between 2018 and 2020, about 8 of every 10 non-fatal drowning injuries occurred in children under age 5
Even though the number of non-fatal injuries fell during 2020, experts believe the reason was due to COVID restrictions on summer activities rather than increased safety measures and awareness.
Whether we are discussing a swimming pool at a private residence or a recreational pool at a hotel, gym, or other facility, it is important to understand that pool owners and operators have a duty to ensure the area is safe for patrons.
At Price, Petho & Associates, our Charlotte swimming pool lawyers often uncover the following causes for our clients’ serious accidents and injuries:
- Lack of warnings about using a diving board or diving into shallow water
- Misuse of pool chemicals
- Puddles that lead to slip and fall accidents around the pool
- Inattentive pool staff or lifeguards
- Lack of pool staff or lifeguards
- Broken or loose safety railings
- Overcrowded pools
- Broken stairs inside of pools
- Broken lights in the pool
- Defective drain covers and filters
We launch an investigation into your or your loved one’s accident to determine who and/or what was responsible, and work to hold them responsible for your injuries and losses.
Injuries that occur in and around the pool area are wide-ranging and often severe. Our Charlotte premises liability attorneys regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Spinal cord injuries
- Other significant neck or back injury
- Chemical burns
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Moderate to severe brain damage (caused by near-drowning incidents)
The most tragic type of pool injury that can occur is a drowning that leads to the death of your loved one. In these cases, our Charlotte wrongful death lawyers work to help families find closure and move forward in the most positive way they can.
Under the doctrine of “attractive nuisance,” landowners can be held liable for injuries that occur on their property when they fail to take reasonable care to prevent children from gaining access to hazards. Something like a swimming pool or a hot tub is enticing to young children; enough that they may trespass on a person’s property. Owners have a responsibility to mitigate these risks and keep young children safe.
Therefore, all pool owners and operators must ensure their pool area is secured so that no child can inadvertently wander into the area. Pools are considered attractive nuisances that a child may try to access. Even if a child (anyone under the age of 18) is trespassing when injured at a swimming pool, a property owner could be held liable if the owner failed to take steps to prevent the child from getting into a dangerous situation and suffers serious or fatal injury.
The outcome of any case depends on the circumstances of the incident and severity of the injuries and losses. However, our Charlotte personal injury attorneys use several variables when determining the value of your claim, including:
- Coverage of all medical expenses, current and future
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party
If your child suffers severe and permanent injury in a swimming pool accident, we include loss of earning potential when the injuries will prevent future school and career plans. If the worst comes to pass and your child dies because of a water-related accident, we also demand funeral and burial expenses.
First and foremost, our lawyers advocate for you and your family when you suffer a life-altering injury due to another person’s negligence. We can help.
Price, Petho & Associates has offices at 1420 Elizabeth Ave in Charlotte, NC. We also have offices in Rockingham and Rutherfordton for your convenience. If you are unable to come to us, we will make arrangements to visit you at home or in the hospital.
Experienced Charlotte swimming pool accident lawyers working for you
The attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates work with individuals and families throughout Charlotte. If you or a loved one were injured in a swimming pool due to another person or party’s negligence, we want to help. Our team can investigate your case, determine all liable parties, and guide you through the legal process, while you take the time you need to recover from your injuries. To talk to an experienced lawyer about your potential case, call 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and South Carolina.