In Florida, there are approximately 1.1 million residential swimming pools. On top of that, there are likely thousands more public swimming pools in places like schools, apartment complexes, hotels, and more.
Hanging out by the pool is a great way to cool off in the Florida heat, but unfortunately, it can sometimes result in a traumatic event for children and adults. Negligent pool owners can be at fault for many different types of injuries and even death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Boca Raton swimming pool accident, it’s time to seek the compensation that you deserve. To learn more about your options, contact Osborne & Francis as soon as possible.
So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:
Number One: See a doctor immediately.
A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.
A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care.
Number Two: Write everything down.
Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain.
You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered.
Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.
Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them.
So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.
Florida Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
The Center for Disease Control states that children between 1 and 4 are at the highest risk for drownings that occur in home swimming pools. In fact, young children are the most likely to be involved in any type of swimming pool injury, with 73% of nonfatal injuries involving children younger than five.
And while Boca Raton swimming pools may seem like a safe oasis, Florida actually has the highest drowning rate in the country for young children.
These statistics may be scary, but it’s important to know the risks so you can look out for potential hazards whenever you go for a swim with your family. However, these accidents can occur even to children with the most watchful parents. It only takes a few seconds for an injury to occur, so try not to blame yourself for not being able to prevent it. There are other parties to blame (and file a lawsuit against).
When you think of swimming pool accidents, you likely think about drownings. While drownings can and do occur at private and public swimming pools, there are other types of injuries, too, such as:
Slip and fall accidents
Diving board accidents
Pool chemical exposure
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents are often caused by negligence. Negligence refers to a breach in the duty of care people owe to each other. For example, if you have a swimming pool in your backyard and invite friends and family over for a swim, you owe them a certain standard of care.
The same is true of property owners. Those who own apartment complexes, hotels, or private pools are required to ensure that their pools are reasonably safe. Some common causes of swimming pool accidents that involve negligence include:
Lack of safety markings
Poor water clarity
Improperly stored chemicals
Lack of safety features
Lack of lifeguard
Swimming pool accidents can range from mild to severe. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, they may even cause fatality. Fatality may occur on-site or later on because of complications. No matter the injury, Osborne & Francis will work hard to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve for your family.
Common swimming pool accidents include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Broken bones and fractures
Soft tissue injuries
Lung injuries and respiratory injuries
Brain damage from lack of oxygen
Potential Liable Parties
Swimming pool injuries fall under the umbrella of premises liability law. The owner of the pool has a duty to provide a reasonably safe space. This can include family members and friends with a pool in their background, hotel owners, apartment complex managers, universities, and more.
You may also be able to file a lawsuit against the following parties for your child’s injury:
Manufacturers (in the case of a defective product)
School officials or other childcare supervisors (in the case of negligent supervision)
Depending on how the accident occurred and where we’ll be able to advise you on the proper route to follow.
Steps to Take if Your Child is Injured at the Pool
If your child has been injured at a pool, it’s important to take action immediately. Here are the steps you should take immediately following their injury.
Call 911 if your child is unresponsive or seriously injured. If they are responsive and can be moved, take them to the emergency room or hospital as soon as you leave the scene of the accident.
If you can, take pictures of the scene of the accident and anything you may believe contributed to their injury. If they fell on loose stairs, capture that. If they harmed themselves because of improperly stored chemicals, document that. There’s no such thing as taking too many pictures.
Get the information of the property owner if you don’t already have it.
Once you gather this information, leave and go immediately to the emergency room or hospital. Once your child has been evaluated, contact an attorney.
It’s vital that you contact an attorney before you speak with anyone or their insurance company. Insurance adjusters will attempt to get you to settle early and for little money. By contacting an attorney, you can prevent early damage to your case.
Damages You Can Recover on Your Child’s Behalf
After your child is injured, you may be stressed about medical debt, lost wages, and other expenses you’ve incurred as a result. Osborne & Francis are here to ensure that you get full and fair compensation to cover these losses.
You can receive compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, including:
Lost wages for days off to care for your child
Lost earning capacity, in the case that your child may not be able to work in the future
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If your child has been injured in a Boca Raton swimming pool accident, we’re here to help you. To schedule a free case evaluation or to learn more about the lawsuit process, contact us online or at (561) 293-2600.
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