Defectively designed and poorly maintained pools are a major hazard to the general public. While we typically think of pool-related issues as being related to swimming abilities, that’s not usually the case. In fact, a variety of serious injuries can occur if a pool is not properly designed and maintained. Diving injuries are often the result of defective pool design, and drowning and near-drowning events can occur due to defective pumps and drains or poorly maintained pools. Finally, whether or not the premises is properly enclosed and maintained to a reasonable standard of safety can also have a huge impact on whether or not somebody is put at risk for injury or death.Defective Drains and Drowning
Defective pool drains pose a very real and dangerous risk to swimmers, especially to smaller swimmers like children. If clothing or body parts become trapped or sucked into a drain, swimmers can very quickly drown. If a small child or person can’t be rescued or resuscitated in time, the lack of oxygen can lead to braid damage or death. Drains need to be properly maintained too. They should never be functioning at such a level as to trap a child or other small person at the bottom of the pool.Defective Design and Diving Injuries
Diving injuries are another huge problem when it comes to pool design. Diving safety is an important part of any pool area, but what happens when pools are defectively designed? In some poorly designed or constructed pools, shallow areas might appear deeper than they actually are. A diving board might be located in the wrong place, implying safety for diving at that particular location. The depth of the pool might not be properly marked, and a number of other defective design factors can contribute to diving injuries. Diving injuries are often catastrophic or even fatal. The stakes are too high.Pool Area Safety Maintenance
Another area of risk associated with pools is the proper maintenance of the area around the pool. The burden of pool area safety maintenance typically falls onto the landowner or land manager. This type of maintenance involves ensuring there is an adequate and functioning enclosure around the pool. Is there a child-safety gate? What about pool rules, first aid and life-saving devices available nearby? Owning or operating a pool is a huge responsibility. Pool owners and maintainers need to understand the implications of keeping the pool area safe for swimmers and patrons.Injuries Associated With Defective Pools
A variety of injuries can be associated with defective and poorly maintained pools, but we most often think of drowning. If somebody you love drowned in a pool due to defective design or inadequate maintenance, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case immediately. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you could also be dealing with lifelong brain damage of a loved one due to a lack of oxygen for a period of time. It might be necessary to ensure for lifelong care of that loved one. Where diving injuries are concerned, there could be paralysis due to spinal cord and neck injuries. In most cases, you’re looking at serious life-altering catastrophic injuries. Your lawyer can help you to formulate a plan and determine lifelong care and medical costs associated with the injuries your loved one sustained.Wrongful Death Lawsuit
In some cases, it might be necessary to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Your lawyer can help you navigate this complex legal process as you go through a difficult and unbearable time. It might be necessary to setup investigative efforts to determine if defective design of the pool, drain pump or area contributed to the death of your loved one. A lawyer can be your advocate and help to look out for the interests of you and your family as you focus on grieving and supporting one another.When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney
Pool and swimming injuries are often catastrophic and severe. They can leave families with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and the burden of lifelong care of a loved one. You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Your lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a defectively designed or poorly maintained pool in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate free case consultation.