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What Are the Most Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents?

The most common causes of swimming pool accidents are inadequate supervision, the absence of lifeguards even when required by law, slippery decks, improperly marked swimming pool depth, defective equipment, alcohol intoxication, and dehydration. It is important to keep in mind that pool safety is everyone's responsibility and by behaving appropriately, we contribute to making pools safer places.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2005-2014, there was an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States, making it about ten deaths per day. Pool owners and caretakers have a legal obligation to ensure their pool complies with all safety regulations.

The main factors that affect drowning risk, however, are the lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, failure to wear life jackets, alcohol use, and seizure disorders. Legal claims involve various factors, such as:

  • Poor/no supervision
  • The absence of lifeguards
  • Unmarked/improperly marked depths
  • Slippery pool decks
  • Defective, poorly maintained or missing equipment

If you or a loved one have suffered a swimming pool-related injury, contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary as soon as possible. We will investigate your unique case and see if the injury was a result of negligence coming from the pool owner, and we will obtain just compensation in your case.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided on this site is not formal legal advice, also the site does not allow you to form an attorney-client relationship.