SWIMMING POOL ACCIDENTS IN TEXAS
Are You the Victim of a Serious Injury or Drowning in a Swimming Pool Accident?
Our Knowledgable Attorneys Can Help!
In a very recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) report on swimming pool accidents, Texas had the tragic distinction of ranking first in most drowning deaths of children ages 15 or younger.
Such compiled statistics tend to result in more such tragedies in states with the hottest temperatures. However, adding to this grim picture is another annual study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which found that in a recent four-year span, ten people a day died as a result of swimming pool accidents, with one in five younger than 14 years of age. Half of those drowning injuries treated at Hospital Emergency Departments resulted in severe brain damage with long-term residual effects including serious disabilities or an ensuing lifelong vegetative state.
Among youngest children, ages 1-4, home swimming pools were the leading source of such accidents and accounted for more deaths than any other cause, after congenital birth defects. For older children, ages 1-14, except for motor vehicle accidents, drowning is the most common cause of death, and males dominate that group by 80%.
What Are the Contributing Factors of Swimming Pool Accidents?
There are several common preventable causes of swimming pool accidents which result in serious injury or drowning death. If a swimming pool, hot tub or spa lacks a four-sided fence enclosure which employs self-latching gates, the chance of someone entering the area without the owner’s permission is greatly increased. Such a person can be a child who resides within the home, a neighborhood child, or any person who lacks adequate swimming skills. If it is after dark and the area is not lit, the opportunity for an accident is multiplied significantly.
Along with the deficient or missing protective enclosure, lack of proper supervision of the area is another high-ranking cause of tragedy. No matter what the circumstances, someone must act as a qualified lifeguard of every swimmer regardless of age, swimming ability or use of the area. Plenty of accidents occur as a result of slips and falls on the slippery, wet surfaces surrounding the pool. Critical head and back injuries often are the result of diving accidents where water depths are not made clearly apparent. Improperly maintained drains can cause entrapment of limbs, hair or clothing, especially of small children, with powerful suction leading to drowning or evisceration. And, incorrect or inappropriate access to or use of chemicals meant for disinfection or chlorination of the water can lead to burns, poisoning or other serious injuries, again primarily to unsuspecting children.
Many of these situations can be attributable to negligence by the owner or other responsible parties especially if there are violations to existing pool safety laws in the state of Texas.
It is Urgent That You Seek Legal Help!
If you have been victimized by any of these or related circumstances, it is crucial that you consult with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury or wrongful death attorney at the Houston law firm of Joel A. Gordon and Associates who can advise you about your legal options. If negligence can be faulted, you may have a strong case which can bring you maximum monetary compensation to atone for the serious nature of your pain and suffering, debilitation or lifelong loss. This valuable consultation is free of charge and will prepare you for what lies ahead as a result of this unfortunate event. Because time may be limited in which you can bring such a case forward, it is strongly advised that you contact us as soon as possible so we can examine all details expeditiously.