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Swimming Pool Drowning Lawyers Handling Cases in Chicago, Illinois & Beyond

Swimming Pool Injury and DrowningsSwimming pools provide an excellent source of recreation for children and adults in the summer heat. However, if pools are maintained improperly or lack adequate staffing, they can create the ideal environment for submersion injuries or drowning accident.

Injuries can result from a poorly designed indoor and outdoor pool or defective public and private pool equipment. These dangerous conditions create the perfect environment for submersion injuries or a drowning accident.

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Hiring a Swimming Pool Drowning Attorney

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents families with pool injuries and drownings in Chicago. Our Illinois swimming pool accident lawyers have experience working on all types of cases involving negligent supervision, design, and maintenance.

Our law firm will do what it takes to thoroughly investigate and prosecute your case to ensure all parties are fully accountable for their acts under Illinois law. Complete the online contact form for a free case review.

Our personal injury lawyers represent individuals and families who have been injured or killed in dangerous condition accidents throughout Illinois, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Chicago, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan.

If the water hazard creates a life-threatening situation, young children and adults might require CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The severity of injuries sustained in pool accidents ranges from bumps and scrapes to spinal cord injuries, disembowelment, memory loss, and drowning deaths.

Age Statistics Swimming Pool Drownings Breakdown From Lawyers

Swimming Pool Drowning Accident FAQs

If the water hazard creates a life-threatening situation, young children and adults might require CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The severity of injuries sustained in pool accidents ranges from bumps and scrapes to spinal cord injuries, disembowelment, memory loss, and drowning deaths.

What Causes People to Drown?

Warmer weather and access to water are leading factors to drowning. Other factors that increase the risk of drowning include epilepsy, intoxication, medication use, and family members in low socioeconomic status households with diminished incomes.

How Much Water Does it Take to Drown?

Studies show that only one-half cup of water in the victim's lungs can cause a drowning death. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that drowning is a quiet activity, taking twenty seconds or less to die.

Many drowning victims died of an involuntary gasp reflex after they fell into the water.

How Long Does it Take to Drown in the Swimming Pool?

Children and adults can drown to death in as little as twenty seconds in a swimming pool. Drowning victims might have died quickly because of an involuntary gasp reflex that, while gasping for breath, causes them to inhale and fill the lungs with water.

Do Pool Covers Prevent Drowning?

Nearly all pool covers are designed to keep debris, dust, leaves, and other objects from falling into the water. However, they are not designed to provide an effective measure to prevent adults or children from falling in the pool.

Many young children do not see the potential danger of walking by the pool or on the pool cover that might not hold their weight.

What are the Five Stages of Drowning?

Nearly all drowning victims experience all five known stages of drowning. The stages include a sense of surprise followed by and voluntarily holding their breath.

Next, the drowning victim's body experiences hypoxic convulsions as the lungs and brain are deprived of adequate oxygen. Finally, the drowning victim will reach unconsciousness, followed by clinical death.

What is Dry Drowning?

Dry drowning is the body's reaction to block airflow after the victim inhales water, causing the muscles of the airway to spasm. Some drowning victims experience secondary drowning after inhaling water into the lungs that irritate the organ, causing fluid to build up.

Secondary drowning is often referred to as pulmonary edema. Many medical professionals dismiss other names for drowning, using only one classification.

Overcrowded Facilities and Poorly Trained Staff Contribute to Swimming Pool Accidents & Drownings

Overcrowded conditions lead to pool accidents, dangerous conditions, and drowning accidents. Small children in a crowded pool area can quickly drown or suffer serious injuries, head trauma, and brain damage. Deadly accidents occur with a lack of supervision in deep and shallow water at:

  • Public pools
  • Amusement Parks
  • Water parks
  • Lakeside resorts
  • Backyard pools
  • Commercial pools
  • Hotel pools
  • Private pools

Not all tragic accidents occur when others are around open water. Property owners, public pool and water park managers, and other pool owners in the United States can be held legally accountable by the attractive nuisance doctrine.

The doctrine requires pool owners to deny small children and young adults access to a water area to prevent a drowning accident that could lead to serious injuries, including broken bones, drowning, or wrongful death.

Lifeguards monitoring lots of swimmers can quickly get distracted, missing a critical clue that something might be wrong. People continually getting in and out of a pool spread water over walking areas.

Wet areas around the pool can lead to fall accidents if the slippery pool surround is poorly constructed or out of compliance with applicable building code. Poorly trained lifeguards may become quickly distracted, putting you or your loved ones at risk.

If a child is injured and unable to come to the surface for air, the extra time that it can take to notice may make the difference between a successful rescue and the loss of the child's life.

Nobody can be sure what kind of training the lifeguards at their local pool received. It is hard to guess whether the lifeguard in charge of their children's safety is qualified.

Improperly Maintained Pools

If a pool is not cleaned regularly, the water may become murky, leading to accidents that result from people not seeing others when they jump in the pool. Contaminated water could also make people sick.

If a pool is not properly chlorinated, it is easy to pass diseases between children. If you take your child swimming and the water appears to be dirty, it is best to find another source of water or activity rather than take a risk with your child's health or safety.

Defective Drains and Equipment at Swimming Pools

Public swimming pools may have defective gates and fences, improperly marked shallow and deep ends and poorly designed diving boards. Diving board accidents can cause severe injuries to the head or spine and leave the person paralyzed.

These accidents can also lead to drowning if the child is not rescued in time.

Defective pool drains have been known to trap people at the bottom of a pool, and if the person goes unnoticed, they may drown. Rare instances of disembowelment have occurred as well because of defective drains, leaving both the drainpipe manufacturer and the pool operator legally liable for any injury or death that resulted from defective equipment.

Backyard Swimming Pool Accidents in Illinois

A serious incident is far more likely to occur at the home of a friend or neighbor than a similar event at a public facility. Most homeowners lack the training that is required to help when an adult or child begins to struggle in the water.

Moreover, most backyard pools lack warning signs or safety equipment compared to larger facilities. Consequently, accessible water areas at home, camps, apartment complexes, and private clubs are the most dangerous recreational options.

Because many of these incidents involve homeowner negligence, financial compensation coverage is likely available under the homeowner's policy. This type of claim protects the interest of the homeowner, who might be a friend of the victim.

Legal Assistance Following a Drowning at Illinois Swimming Pools and Lake

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the last decade, there were over 3200 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States. Approximately 20% of children age fourteen years and younger are involved in a drowning death. Five times that number of near-drowning accident victims required emergency department care to treat their submersion injuries.

Was someone you love an injured drowning victim or killed in a commercial/private pool or accessible lake? If so, it is vital that you know your rights and takes legal action now. You may be entitled to damages that include the cost of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and potentially punitive damages due to negligence on behalf of the pool owner or staff.

Taking Legal Action Against the Property Owner

According to the Chicago Tribune, in December 2018, a Chicago area jury awarded $21.5 million to the family members of a young boy who drowned in a Bridgeview pool four years earlier. That same year, local law enforcement investigated a drowning death involving a small child found lifeless in a pool in Park Forest.

The cases were handled by pool accident attorneys who filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family member survivors.

Hiring a Chicago Pool Drowning Accident Lawyer

The Chicago swimming pool accident and drowning attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have built a reputation as successful lawyers that protect both the interests of clients. The personal injury attorneys give every case the respect and attention that it deserves.

To learn more about your rights, call our premises liability lawyers at (888) 424-5757 or contact form to set up a risk-free consultation to discuss your rights to file a lawsuit or claim. All discussions with our Cook County premises liability law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.

Personal injury attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld has taken numerous lifesaving Red Cross classes and is experienced in successful swimming pool accident litigation. Rosenfeld is an experienced lifelong age-group, high school, and college swimmer.

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