Martinsburg Swimming Pool Accidents Attorney
Swimming pools can provide hours of fun for children and families, as well as a great form of low-impact exercise. They can also be extremely dangerous for children, especially for those under five years old. Swimming pools cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatal drowning accidents every year, and victims of these accidents and their families may have a claim for compensation if those injuries were the result of the pool owner’s negligence. Learn more about swimming pool accidents below, and contact the knowledgeable and professional one of our swimming pool accident lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a free consultation on your claim.
Swimming pools cause hundreds of injuries each year
According to the Centers For Disease Control, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death among children under 15, and the top cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of one and four. Each year, an average of 350 children under age 15 are fatally injured in a swimming pool or spa, and 77% of those deaths were among children under age five. Even when swimming pool accidents aren’t fatal, they can be serious. According to PoolSafety.gov, about 6,400 children under 15 are treated in emergency rooms each year for nonfatal drowning injuries. Nearly half of these accidents are reported to occur in residential pools and spas.
Owners must protect children from attractive nuisances on their property
Swimming pools are known in the law as “attractive nuisances.” Attractive nuisances are potentially-dangerous conditions on an owner’s property that the owner knew could attract children. Even if a child wasn’t invited to use the swimming pool, owners can be held responsible for a child’s injuries in their pool. If a neighbor or visiting child is drawn to the pool and injured, an owner who did not install adequate safety measures can be held responsible for their resulting medical expenses, pain and suffering, or even wrongful death. The West Virginia swimming pool injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson can help you determine if you’re entitled to file a lawsuit based on a swimming pool accident.
Laws govern the types of fences that must protect residential swimming pools
Many residential swimming pool accidents are the result of owners failing to spend the necessary time and attention on putting safety measures in place to protect children from swimming pool injuries. Owners should install a four-foot fence with a self-latching gate around their pool, as well as a mechanical pool cover that can protect children who manage to get past the fence. There are also federal laws governing the types of drain covers that owners must use to prevent small children from being drowned due to drain suction.
Help for Victims in West Virginia Swimming Pool Accidents
If you need help pursuing a claim for injury-related expenses after a swimming pool accident in West Virginia, contact the seasoned, knowledgeable, and aggressive Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a no-cost consultation at 304-263-0900 or (304) LAWYERS.