According the the Center for Disease Control, an average of 10 people die a day due to unintentional drowning in America. Unfortunately, of these 10, two are below the age of 14. Unintentional drowning is the 5th leading cause of death in America. For children under 4 years old, unintentional drowning is the number one cause of death. With these alarming statistics, families are often left to cope with the legal, emotional and financial fallout.
Drowning Lawsuits and Claims
Property owners with pools, and business such as hotels and motels, have a duty to ensure that the pool (and the surrounding areas) are safely maintained at all times. If negligent, and owner and operator can be held liable. Many times, drowning accidents could have been prevented by proper supervision, staff training, adequate barriers, proper staffing levels and emergency training. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drowning, pool or lake accident, call the Law Office of Dennis E. Sawan today to have your case reviewed free of charge.
Children and Drowning
Due to the alarmingly high rate of deaths specific to young children, it is absolutely critical that property owners take the appropriate steps to prevent children from entering pools unsupervised. Failure to do this can result in legal liability for any ensuing harm. Pools can constitute an “attractive nuisance” to children, which is one of the reasons that property owners have a duty to employ fences and gates to prevent drowning accidents.
Other Potential Accidents Involving Pools
Thankfully, not all accidents involving pools and larger bodies of water result in death by drowning. However, there is a wide range of injuries that can occur. For example, occasionally accidents can occur by diving into a shallow pool that is not adequately marked. Other times, a dangerous or defective diving board may break and result in a products liability claim. If you or a loved one has been injured in any way, it is wise to have a skilled personal injury attorney review the specific facts of your case.
Dennis E. Sawan is an Ohio Personal Injury and Consumer Protection Attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio. If you would like to speak further about your specific legal matter, call The Law Office of Dennis E. Sawan today at 567-343-5662 to schedule a free consultation.