Swimming pools are dangerous places. Every day, approximately 10 people die from unintentional drowning, with about 20% of those deaths involving children aged 14 or younger. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the country.
Other types of serious injuries can also occur at and around swimming pools. Even those swimming pool accidents that do not result in death can result in long-term disabilities such as memory loss, learning disabilities and a permanent vegetative state, according to the CDC.
Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
Some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents include:
- Inadequate lifeguard staff
- Defective or inadequate safety equipment
- Ineffective barriers
- Defective pool drains and other entrapment hazards
- Contaminated water
- Lack of warning signs
- Slippery floors
If you or your child has been injured or died in a swimming pool accident, you may be able to sue the swimming pool owner or operator in a premises liability or wrongful death lawsuit. Premises liability creates a legal obligation on property owners, including owners and operators of swimming pools, to provide safe conditions for those entering the property. The failure to do so can make them liable for any injuries sustained on their property.
Damages for a Swimming Pool Slip and Fall Accident
If the owner or manager of the property is found to be negligent for your slip and fall accident, he or she is liable for money damages including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
- Property damages
The specific amount of money damages to which you may be entitled in a swimming slip and fall case depends on a number of factors, including the specific legal claim, the circumstances of accident, the degree of negligence, your injuries, and the laws of the jurisdiction involved.
The Chicago slip and fall lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC have considerable experience representing the victims of all types of personal injury accidents, including those involving theories of premises liability such as swimming pool accidents and other slip and falls. Contact one of our Chicago personal injury attorneys to learn more about filing a lawsuit if your child was injured in a swimming pool accident.