In Florida, swimming pool accidents can turn a relaxing afternoon into a tragedy in mere moments. The hot, tropical climate in our state makes residential and public swimming pools an ideal place to cool off with our families, but the prevalence of swimming pools in Florida is also why our state has the highest rate of unintentional drownings in the nation. At the personal injury law firm of Bernheim & Dolinsky, LLC, we understand the long-term effects of swimming pool accidents upon victims and their families, and have earned a reputation throughout Florida for the compassion with which we treat our clients pursuing swimming pool accident lawsuits.
Swimming Pool Accident Injuries
By far, the most common injuries sustained in swimming pool accidents are a result of accidental drowning or near-drowning. When a drowning victim is deprived of oxygen, it can lead to memory loss, learning delays, loss of coordination, or even wrongful death.
Drownings aren’t the only swimming pool accidents that may cause serious injury or death. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries often result from diving into water that is too shallow and can leave victims paralyzed or even cause death. Our Florida swimming pool accident lawyers are also familiar with multiple cases where swimmers suffered injuries to their internal organs after being trapped in pool drains.
Even if a person involved in a swimming pool accident does not die, he or she could face a lifetime of health issues. Permanent brain damage from near-drowning can affect speech, cognitive abilities, motor skills, and even mood and disposition.
Swimming Pool Accident Facts
- According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 9 Americans die every day as a result of swimming pool accidents.
- The vast majority of swimming pool accident victims are young children: roughly 3 children die every day as a result of swimming pool accidents, and the majority of these victims are between the ages of 1 and 4. For U.S. children under 15, drowning is the second-highest cause of injury-related deaths.
- According to FloridaHealth.gov, the number of children under 5 who drown in our state every year could fill 3 or 4 preschool classrooms.
- For every child under 15 that dies in a swimming pool accident, another 10 children require emergency medical attention.
- Most young children who die in swimming pool accidents suffer their injuries in their own pools.
- Proper fencing around pools can reduce swimming pool accidents by up to 90 percent.
Stay Safe in and around the Pool
Through representing victims of swimming pool accidents throughout Florida for many years, we have seen first-hand that proper pool safety is essential and can often mean the difference between life and death. Whether you are enjoying a public pool or a pool at home, here are some tips to help keep things safe:
- Constantly supervise all children near pools and hot tubs. Most children who die in swimming pool accidents in Florida were only out of sight for less than 5 minutes.
- Teach your children how to stay safe in and around the pool, and be sure to refresh their memories about pool safety regularly.
- Teach children to avoid pool drains and pool cleaning equipment in the water.
- Keep your CPR skills up-to-date.
- Keep a phone near the pool at all times.
- Make sure your pool area is surrounded by a self-closing fence that is at least 4 feet tall. If a fence is not possible around your home pool, install alarms on nearby doors and windows.
- Keep a safety cover on hot tubs or spas when not in use.
- Look into an underwater alarm for your home pool.
- Make sure your pool equipment is well-maintained.
- Repair uneven surfaces around your pool that could cause someone to trip.
- Do not allow running in the pool area.
Florida state officials have published an in-depth pool safety resource, WaterproofFL, to help keep our residents safe around pools, stressing the importance of three layers of protection: Supervision, Barriers, and Emergency Preparedness. We encourage you to learn more about pool safety by further exploring this resource.
Swimming Pool Accident Lawsuits
In Florida, our weather makes enjoying swimming pools a good way to cool off nearly every day of the year, which is why swimming pool accidents are so very common here. When a person suffers serious injury or even the tragic death of a loved one in a swimming pool accident, it’s often difficult to know where to turn for help. Though a successful swimming pool accident lawsuit cannot help a victim recover more quickly or restore your loved one to you, compensation for your damages can help ease financial worries and allow you to focus on healing. If you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident in Florida, contact our lawyers for a free legal consultation.