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. 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 injury, but adults are often injured or die in a pool accident as well. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports about ten people die from drowning every day, two of which are children aged 14 or younger.
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, financial compensation can be pursued 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 laws regarding pool safety.
In addition to drowning, pool-related injuries and illnesses often include:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Brain damage associated with lack of oxygen while submerged
- Traumatic brain injury
- 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.
Pool-related injuries can be caused by a range of factors, including rowdy behavior and or errors that may not be the responsibility of the pool owner or operator. If, however, pool rules and regulations have been ignored, 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 causes 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) 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
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
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has provided a detailed guide to steps you can take to swim with safety. Following these steps and maintaining awareness of the condition of the pool and safety equipment can go a long way to keeping you and your family less likely to suffer a serious or fatal pool accident.
Our 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. Call us today at (818) 507-4311 to schedule your consultation.