With warmer weather arriving in Mississippi, it’s just about time to head for the local pool, or it you’re lucky, to the pool in your own backyard. However, it you have young children you should remain ever vigilant around swimming pools.
Each year in the United States more than 1,000 children die in swimming-related accident, with approximately 33% of these deaths occurring in swimming pools. In the U. S. in 2000 over 3,400 people lost their lives in drowning accidents; this does not include people who drowned in boating accidents. These tragic fatalities are very painful for the families, and should not happen.
Near drownings can leave the victim with serious problems, including brain damage. A large amount of water, such as a pool, is not required to pose a drowning threat. Many drownings occur in locations with as little as 2 inches of water, such as:
- A bucket with water
- A sink
- A bath tub
- A toilet
- A puddle
A drowning or swimming-related accident is considered a premises liability lawsuit. The owner and operator of a swimming pool is responsible for any injuries sustained while on his or her property. Swimming accidents may occur because the owner was negligent and provided an unsafe environment. For example, children and adults should always have proper supervision while swimming, a fence with a working lock should surround the pool, and no one should ever swim while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Charles R. “Chuck” Mullins has been helping accident victims for over 16 years. To learn more If more about Chuck, visit the Coxwell & Associates website.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.