Swimming pool accidents are tragically common in Columbus. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, over 115 people die of drowning statewide every year. Not all of these deaths involve swimming pools, but many do—and many involve children. Swimming pool accidents can also lead to head injuries, brain damage, broken bones, and other serious conditions. If you, your child, or anyone in your family was injured at a swimming pool, you should know that you have rights. You should speak to a Columbus swimming pool accident lawyer.
The attorneys of John Foy & Associates can help you. For over 20 years, we have distinguished ourselves as one of the top swimming pool injury law firms in Georgia. Our attorneys listen to swimming pool accident victims and their families, take the time to understand their specific case, and bring back results. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What types of damages am I entitled to in a swimming pool accident?
In Columbus, the courts allow you to recover money for both the financial costs of the accident, and the non-financial losses you suffered.
- You or your loved one’s medical costs
- The costs of home care if needed
- Lost wages if you missed work
- If you will not be able to return to work, you can receive additional money for your loss of earning potential
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Serious long-term health effects
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Unfortunately, some swimming pool accidents are fatal. If you lost a loved one, your family can recover many of these damages by filing a wrongful death claim. This may also include final expenses and a recovery for your own personal loss.
At John Foy & Associates, we don’t believe that a financial recovery can ever truly make up for what happened. At the same time, we’ve seen firsthand the difference that this money makes for victims and their families. That’s the reason we fight so hard for our clients.
What types of swimming pool accidents count as a valid claim?
Any type of swimming pool injury can be covered. It just depends on how it happened. If the accident was caused by the negligence or carelessness of someone else—either the pool owner or a business—then you have a valid claim.
The most common swimming pool accidents we see involve drowning. Many are fatal, and many others involve a victim who was resuscitated. Unfortunately, even those who survive can come away with serious injuries. The most common of these is brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Even though the person is resuscitated, the brain is not always able to fully recover from this temporary asphyxiation.
But drowning is not the only way people get hurt at pools. Other common accidents include:
- Slipping and falling on wet pavement, a wet deck, tiles or a diving board.
- Diving accidents including spinal injuries and head injuries
- Injuries involving drains, filters, grates or other equipment in the pool
These injuries are often preventible—and many pools lack adequate safety measures, such as clearly labeling the shallow end and deep end, or using high-traction surfaces around pools. In many cases, there is a party who is liable for the injury.
Who is liable for my swimming pool accident?
Most swimming pool accidents in Columbus fall into one of three categories, which determine who is liable. They are:
- Premises Liability (owner is liable) The majority of swimming pool accidents are premises liability cases. This means that the owner of the premises failed to keep the swimming pool and its surroundings safe. No location can ever be 100% safe, but the owner or manager is expected to take reasonable precautions to look out for the safety of those who enter the premises. Examples include:
- No fence or barrier around pool
- Equipment such as ladders or diving board are in unsafe condition
- No warning signs about pool hazards
- Depth is unclear, or shallow end is not marked
- Negligence (careless party is liable) Negligence means someone was careless and this carelessness led to the injury. In many cases this is the same thing as premises liability, because the owner is often the careless party. But there are exceptions. For example, if a drain was installed incorrectly and created too much suction, leading to an accident, then the company that installed the system is liable. Other examples may include:
- A maintenance company
- The company contracted to operate or oversee the pool
- A third party at the pool, such as an individual who pushed someone else, resulting in injury
- Product Liability (manufacturer of the product is liable) In some cases a pool accident is caused by a faulty or dangerous product. That means the company that made the product is typically responsible. This can include equipment such as:
- Drain systems
- Ladders and diving boards
- Pool toys
You won’t always know who the liable party is. The accident may have happened quickly and the property owner won’t always be forthcoming with information afterward. But you don’t need to figure this out on your own. Our firm can get you the answers you need.
Talk to a Columbus Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer for Free
It’s frightening how quickly a swimming pool can become the scene of a tragedy. You and your family are not alone. You have legal rights and you may be entitled to a financial recovery for what happened—including all of your medical costs. Let the attorneys of John Foy & Associates put 20+ years of experience to work for you. We’ll give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your free consultation today.