Glendale Pool Injury Lawyers
Swimming is one of the most popular pastimes in Los Angeles—there’s no better way to cool off and feel refreshed than enjoying a swim in a public or private pool. However, swimming in a pool, whether public or private, poses a risk.
Pool-related injuries such as slip-and-falls, diving accidents, electrical injuries, water-borne illnesses, and other health risks are far too common. Children are especially prone to suffering a serious, catastrophic, or fatal pool-related injuries, but adults are often injured or die in a pool accident as well. Parents face a terrifying and challenging situation when a child has been injured in a drowning or diving accident.
In many pool-related injury cases, victims can pursue financial compensation from the pool owner or operator. Our experienced Glendale premises liability attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, are intimately familiar with the local ordinances and regulations surrounding pool safety, and a free case consultation can help determine if the injuries were the results of negligence or a failure to comply with local and state pool safety laws.
If you or a loved one have suffered a pool related injury that was not your fault, contact our firm at (818) 507-4311. We’re waiting to hear from you.
Spending the day at the pool, whether it be a communal pool or in your neighbor’s backyard, can be a great way to get some fresh air, spend time with friends and family, and beat the summer heat. Unfortunately, pools are also incredibly dangerous, and there are many ways to become injured or ill while using one. Some common injuries include:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Brain damage associated with lack of oxygen while submerged
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Diving board injuries
- Broken bones and lacerations
- Chemical burns
- Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) – illnesses and diseases caused by bacteria in the water
Both private and public-access pools are required to have an array of safety procedures in place to avoid accidents. These safety measures were developed over many years, proven to reduce the likelihood of an accident.
Of course, the first pool-related danger you make think of is drowning, and you would be right to, drowning is all too possible while enjoying a relaxing day swimming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about ten people die from drowning every day, two of which are children aged 14 or younger. As in most personal injury and wrongful death cases, those seeking compensation for damages in drowning accidents must establish liability.
Proving liability in a pool-related injury requires demonstrating three key points:
- That the property owner or pool operator had a duty of care to the victim
- That the property owner or pool operator failed to perform this duty through negligence, carelessness, or mishap
- That the failure to fulfill the duty of care toward the victim was the cause of the injury or illness
Alongside liability, you must also demonstrate that another party—whether it was a person, company, or some other entity—acted negligently. “Negligence,” in this instance, can include any careless, reckless, or wrongful act.
Some examples of negligence in drowning and swimming pool accident cases include:
- Lack of proper warning/safety signage
- Failure to erect a security fence around a swimming pool
- Inadequate/negligent lifeguards
- Use of unsafe cleaning products/chemicals
- Unsafe and/or slippery surfaces near pools
- Inadequate barriers at public pools/waterparks
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we represent individuals who have lost loved ones in accidents at private and public swimming pools, lakes, beaches, waterparks, and other water-based recreational areas. We also represent victims of near-drowning accidents who have suffered debilitating traumatic brain injuries. We understand the immense emotional, physical, and financial impact these injuries and accidents have on victims and their families. Because of this, our team offers compassionate and personalized legal guidance for each and every client.
A range of factors can cause pool-related injuries, including rowdy behavior and or errors that may not be the responsibility of the pool owner or operator. If, however, someone ignore pool rules and regulations, the responsibility could lie with the pool owner, pool operator, or another party. Some examples of negligence contributing to high numbers of pool-related injuries are:
- Improper maintenance of chlorine levels, resulting in bacteria that cause infections and water-borne illnesses to spread to swimmers. In recent years, one out of eight public pools failed a health inspection on this point.
- Defective parts in or around the pool, including shattered lights
- Omitted markings to indicate pool depth
- Defective or damaged diving boards
- Lifeguard failing to notice a struggling swimmer
- Inadequate lighting in and around a pool
- Omitted safety equipment
- Damaged or missing pool ladders
- Pool not protected by fencing, allowing access
- Poorly trained, distracted, or missing pool staff
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety - LADBS (PDF) prescribes prescribes exact requirements for both private and public pools to ensure the safety of swimmers. The LADBS requires such items as:
- Mandatory safety equipment
- Mandatory pool lighting
- Mandatory chemical levels to eradicate water-borne bacteria
- Requirements regarding the safety of walking surfaces
The CDC has provided a detailed guide to steps you can take to swim safely, which includes:
- Checking for a lifeguard on-duty
- Checking for safety equipment such as a rescue pole
- Identifying wear the pool drain is and if it is secured
- Checking handrails to make sure they are not loose
- Asking the manager for the latest inspection report
- Checking for proper signs (no diving in shallow ends, proper depth lengths, etc.)
- Making sure you or your child does not have an open wound
- Using Coast Guard approved life jackets to help your children float
Our Glendale premises liability attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, will perform a comprehensive analysis of your case to determine the level of compensation to pursue in a legal case against the negligent party. Our extensive knowledge of the laws regarding pool safety allows us to approach these cases with legal skills, compassion, and dedication to the people we represent.
A drowning, diving, or any pool-related accident is a traumatic experience. Combine the stress of injuries with the financial burden of medical bills, and you have a recipe for disaster. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we are dedicated to assisting our personal injury clients to pursue the maximum possible compensation. An initial consultation is at no charge, and if we take on your case, you owe no legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation for you.
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