After a long winter, the summer is upon us and it seems like a great time to head out to the pool. Unfortunately, this can be more dangerous than you think. So many swimming pool injuries occur through this season every year, which is why having legal representation from Levine & Slavit is so crucial. We have helped parents throughout the Long Island and Manhattan area deal with various legal matters that relate to children’s safety and the well-being of minors, because we feel that the rights of the young need to be taken very seriously.
The Summertime Can Be a Dangerous Time
Going to the pool seems like it may be safer than heading to a local beach, but swimming pools can pose a number of major dangers to people who are there. Just because you think things will be safer in a pool doesn’t mean that will be the case. The increase in numbers during the summer may actually make the swimming pool even more hazardous than you think.
Public Pools Can Be Hazardous to Children
With increased numbers, there is a higher chance of bumps, bruises, and worse injuries. This can occur when children are inattentive while jumping off pool edges or diving boards, or if they engage in rough play or roughhousing. Other serious injuries can occur as a result of getting fingers or toes trapped in grates at the bottom of pools that do not have drain covers in place. When this occurs, there is a greater chance of drowning. There is also an increased risk of infections at these pools if conditions are unsanitary due to the increased number of children, particularly toddlers.
At these public pools, there may be lifeguards present, but their attention may be diverted away from one potential victim to other activities in the pool. This is worth noting on very crowded days, where even several lifeguards on duty may not be able to act fast enough. Sometimes the lifeguard will be totally negligent in his or her own duties as well, so this is something to consider.
Pools at Private Residences Can Also Lead to Injuries
While it may seem like public pools pose the biggest threat to safety, the fact of the matter is that most drownings and pool-related injuries occur at swimming pools located at private residences and apartment complexes. Since there is not always professional supervision in these places, it can make playing in these pools especially dangerous, and it can make drowning and other serious injuries more likely.
How Our Attorneys Can Help Parents of Victims
If your child has been injured or killed in a pool accident, we will be sure to look into potential actions against the business or property owner. This means holding lifeguards accountable for inattention, business owners responsible for poor safety standards, or property owners for leaving your child unsupervised while playing in the water. These tragedies are almost always avoidable, and no one should have to suffer as a result of another person’s negligent behavior, especially when the victim is a child.
Schedule a Consultation at Our Law Firm
If your child was injured or suffered a fatal injury at a public pool or at a neighbor’s swimming pool, it’s important that you contact our personal injury law firm today. Speaking with skilled legal professionals will help ensure that you receive just compensation for the hardships endured as a result of another person or party’s negligence.