Swimming pool accidents are tragic. Moreover, drowning deaths throughout Southwest Florida, especially in Lee County and Collier County, are alarming. Consequently, Florida ranks highest in pool accidents, including drownings, in the United States.
Pool Accidents are Preventable
Swimming pools—residential, apartment, homeowners association, or hotel pool, motel pool, resort pool—are a fatal attraction to toddlers under 5 years old. Moreover, most drownings among children aged 0-4 occur in residential pools.
Outside home, most pool accidents occur at apartment complexes, hotels, resorts, and motels. Accordingly, Florida law requires pools and spas maintain child-proof barriers or audible alarms preventing small children from accessing pools and spas without adult supervision. However, many property owners do not follow our laws, and pool accidents result.
Poor Maintenance Causes Many Pool Accidents
Pool accidents regularly occur because gates and barriers are old, poorly maintained, broken, or not in working order. Indeed, some hotel or motel pools lack a child-proof gate or a working gate, so children can easily access the pool. Moreover, homeowners often fail to erect a pool fence, barrier, or maintain a working alarm. Consequently, these big mistakes cause tragic pool accidents.
Drowning injury, such as brain damage, or death may create liability upon hotel, motel, or resort owners. In addition, apartments, condo association, homeowners associations may be liable for injuries when:
- swimming pool is accessible to children
- pool does not have protection cover
- spa or pool lacks safety fencing
- security devices fail
- warnings are inadequate
- depth markings in pool are missing or not legible
- lifeguard negligence
Violating basic pool safety rules cause many pool accidents. However, these are challenging and complex liability claims. All pool accidents must be evaluated based upon facts, and your lawyer does a thorough job.
Spa or Drain Entrapment Pool Accidents
Drain entrapment occurs when a single drain in a pool or spa is blocked, not by debris, but by a swimmer’s body. This blockage creates a vacuum force with the strength of a jet engine. For many years, pool designers and manufacturers knew these deadly risks, yet did nothing. Drain blockage causes the following tragic circumstances:
- a person is entrapped, cannot resurface to breathe, and drowns
- entrapment’s vacuum force tears apart the swimmer’s body
Catastrophic drain entrapment pool accidents can greatly injure or kill anyone. Children are the highest risk.
In response to catastrophic child pool accidents, both the U.S. government and Florida enacted laws requiring every new swimming pool or spa to have dual drains. In addition, for existing residential pools and spas, new drain safety covers are required.
All single-drain public pools and spas must be retrofitted and equipped with certified drain cover and entrapment avoidance systems. Moreover, pools need detection sensors at the drain, and which automatically shut down the pump when any blockage or increased vacuum is detected.
Entrapment Pool Accidents Liability
Several parties face damages liability in drain entrapment injury or death. Here are examples:
- spa manufacturer
- pool manufacturer
- pool and spa designers
- swimming pool stores, suppliers and installers
- property owners
- property managers
- hotels, motels, resorts
- condo owners association
- homeowners association
- apartment owners
- private schools
- health clubs
- day care facilities
- pool and spa trade associations
Your injury lawyer investigates and evaluates catastrophic accidents to determine all potential liable parties. Moreover, your injury attorney pursues justice for you.
Fort Myers Injury Lawyer Pursues Justice in Southwest Florida Pool Accidents
Every drowning, every near-drowning, and drain entrapment injury or death is devastating. Indeed, these harms rip many families apart. Furthermore, these catastrophic incidents are so profoundly sad yet so preventable.
These incidents are often tragic. However, pool safety violations, pool drowning, near drowning, or drain entrapment, keep occurring. Accordingly, we serve you throughout Southwest Florida—Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, Glades County and nearby communities—in these horrible events.
Fort Myers injury lawyer David Harris focuses on you, and seeks justice for you. Also, David fights for injured persons and families. In addition, David is passionate about securing financial stability in such difficult times.
Your consultation is free. Moreover, if David takes your case, then there is no fee unless we win. Use our contact form to start our consult.