The summer months are a time for vacations, cookouts, and parties. Unfortunately, more than 800 young children wind up drowning in swimming pools every year. Rather than letting your child or pool become part of this statistic, take steps to protect yourself and others.
If you or someone in your family happens to suffer an injury, or someone dies in a swimming pool accident, our team at Drake & Collopy, P.C. will work to protect your rights. We are dedicated to helping accident victims receive the compensation they deserve.
While this is true, there are more than a few things you can do to safeguard your swimming pool to help prevent accidents and injuries. Keep reading to know what these things are.
Invest in a Pool Cover
Pool covers are an effective and solid investment to make. This is an extremely effective way to prevent children, adults who may stumble, and even older people from falling into a pool. This will also help you prevent a lot of potential accidents. Just make sure that you purchase a quality pool cover that will support at least 485 pounds per every five square feet.
Swimming Pool Barriers
To help increase protection a bit more, it’s a good idea to invest in swimming pool barriers or fencing. While this may sound a little extreme, it will help to save you (hopefully) from having a lawsuit filed because someone is injured or even drowns on your property and in your pool. Today, you can find a lot of swimming pool barriers that have alarm systems and self-latching gates.
This one is easier to understand. A safety railing makes it easier for people who are in your pool to get in, get out, or brace themselves. This makes the entire experience safer for everyone who uses the pool.
While this may seem a bit extreme, it is beneficial if someone trespasses on your property and gets in the pool. Installing a pool alarm means that it will go off if someone or something touches the surface of the pool. The alarm may be beneficial if you live in an area where there are people walking around.
One of the more recent innovations offered for swimming pool safety is a key-locked, waterproof child wrist alarm. With this, if your child falls into or enters the pool in any way and the alarm is submerged under the water, it will let you know your child is swimming or they are submerged in the water. This is a smart way to keep smaller kids or children with learning delays safe when a pool is nearby.
Who Is Responsible for Compensation After a Pool Accident?
If you or someone in your family is injured or killed at someone else’s pool, you may wonder what rights you have. The first step in this situation is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we can review the facts of your case to determine who is liable. We will also work to prove that negligence played a role in the situation, which will give you the right to file a premises liability lawsuit.
With a premises liability claim, your lawyer will show that the accident occurred because the owner of the pool did not ensure that the pool was safe to a certain standard of care. To back this claim, they are going to collect evidence, including videos and photos of the accident scene, along with documents that show the injuries that occurred. Your attorney will also interview witnesses who happened to see the incident in question.
Our legal team can provide you with the representation needed to help you prove your claim. Our goal is to always ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation possible for your legal claim.
You Don’t Have to Fight Alone
When it comes to filing a premises liability claim, the key is to prove negligence. Our legal team will start working on your case right away to help you prove negligence. While this can be challenging, you can count on us to use our resources and expertise to help you prove your claim and recover compensation.
At Drake & Collopy, P.C., our legal team has represented thousands of premises liability claims and can help you recover the compensation you deserve. It doesn’t matter if you or someone in your family was injured or died because of a swimming pool accident; you can count on us to provide the aggressive compensation you deserve to recover compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.