Chicago Swimming Pool Drowning Attorneys
Swimming pools provide an excellent source of recreation for children and adults in the summer heat. However, if they are maintained improperly or lack adequate staffing, they can create the ideal environment for submersion injuries or drowning accident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents families with pool injuries and drownings in Chicago.
Our Illinois swimming pool accident lawyers have experience in 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 held fully accountable for their acts under Illinois law. Complete the online contact form for a free case review. Our pool accident lawyers represent individuals and families who have been injured or killed in dangerous condition accidents throughout Illinois, including Will, Cook, DuPage, and Lake County.
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. 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.
Overcrowded Facilities and Poorly Trained Staff Contributing to Swimming Pool Accidents & DrowningsOvercrowded conditions lead to pool accidents, dangerous conditions, and drowning accidents. Small children in a crowded pool area can quickly drown or suffer serious injuries. Without proper supervision, deadly accidents can occur in deep and shallow water at:
- Public pools
- Amusement Parks
- Water parks
- Lakeside resorts
- Backyard pools
- Commercial pools
- Hotel pools
- Private pools
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 PoolsPublic 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, he or she 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 IllinoisA serious incident is far more likely to occur at the home of a friend or neighbor compared with a similar event at a public facility. Most homeowners simply lack the training that is required to help when an adult or child begins to struggle in the water. Moreover, most back yard pools lack the ‘warning’ signage 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 LakeAccording 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 individuals involved in a drowning death or under fifteen years of age. Five times that number of drowning accident victims required emergency department care to treat their submersion injuries.
Was someone you love injured or killed at a commercial/private pool or accessible lake? If so, it is vital that you know your rights and take 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 OwnerAccording 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 LawyerThe 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 us at (888) 424-5757 or contact form to set up a risk-free consultation to discuss your rights to file a lawsuit or claim. Our personal injury law firm will never share your information nor charge you for our services unless we can collect on your behalf. We have offices throughout Illinois and can travel to meet you if you are not located nearby.
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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