Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Petersburg, FL
Our state has a high rate of swimming pool accidents, many of which result in the loss of life for a child. Across the country, there are approximately 3,500 drowning deaths each year, with a large percentage of these fatal accidents involving children and swimming pools. The pools are public, private and those on the property of motels and hotels. Those that survive pool accidents can suffer serious damage that will affect the rest of their lives.
In most cases, these tragic personal injury cases could have easily been prevented by proper adult supervision, fencing, locking gates or well-maintained surfaces around the pool. A drowning can take place within minutes and negligent supervision is frequently the underlying cause. A few moments of inattention can result in a loss of life or permanent brain damage from oxygen deprivation.
When a pool accident occurs it is most often due to fault or negligence on the part of the pool owner. These cases are often premises liability lawsuits, as the individual is insured against injuries that take place on their property. For an evaluation of your claim and the potential for compensation it is advised that you arrange for a free initial consultation with a St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer from LeavenLaw. We can advise you as to the strength of your case and how to best proceed in presenting your claim.
The Consequences of a Pool Accident
When children fall into pools and require emergency care the statistics are frightening. A significant percentage of pool accidents result in fatal injuries. Even in non-fatal cases many require hospitalization and extensive medical care. One of the greatest risks and most severe outcomes is due to deprivation of oxygen to the brain. Any sustained period under water can cause brain damage. This can lead to impairments ranging from mental cognitive losses to full scale loss of functionality and even as tragic as life in a "vegetable" state. If you have questions about your case, please contact a personal injury attorney from our office as soon as possible.