Drowning Accident Attorney in San Bernardino
Injured in a Swimming Pool Accident?
Hundreds of people drown or suffer injuries every year in swimming pools, many of which take place in the San Bernardino area. Many of these tragic accidents could have been prevented. There are many ways in which an owner of a pool, either public or private, can be negligent, leading to a tragic loss of life, or permanent injuries. A San Bernardino personal injury lawyer should be consulted if you or a loved one has suffered an injury or loss of life in a drowning or pool accident. It is crucial to investigate these accidents thoroughly so that the facts are clear about what occurred. A knowledgeable attorney will know exactly what actions to take to determine if negligence led to the injury. If another party's negligence led to the accident, then you have the right to be compensated for damages, or in the most tragic cases, for wrongful death.
San Bernardino Pool Accident Lawyer: Negligence & Defective Products
In general, property owners are responsible for any accidents that occur on their property. This is a common occurrence when the property involves a swimming pool. Swimming pool accidents can occur due to:
- Negligent lifeguards
- Defective pool drains
- Slippery surfaces
- Lack of supervision of other swimmers
- Defective / poorly maintained diving boards
- Lack of proper safety measures
Public pools must adhere to specific regulations. Owners of private pools need to have their pools fenced in with a lockable gate to keep out uninvited people, often neighborhood children. Lack of warning signs such as "No Running" or "No Diving" in pool areas can make a pool owner liable in case someone is injured by such actions. Compensation can also be awarded for an accident resulting from lack of child safety when children are present, such as a fence or adult supervision.
In addition to drowning, catastrophic injuries are often the result of a pool accident. Traumatic head injuries could be sustained when diving into too-shallow waters that are improperly marked. You can break a bone from slipping on surfaces around the pool. Near-drowning can leave a victim with brain damage. If you have been injured or a loved one has drowned in a swimming pool accident, then you may have the right to file a lawsuit and be compensated.
Contact the Law Offices of Vetchtein & Associates for immediate assistance.