Avoid Swimming Pool Accident Injuries for You and Your Child This Summer
Spending time with your family around a swimming pool is one of the joys of summer. In doing so, it’s critical to consider safety concerns in order to keep yourself, your children, and your guests safe. Read on to learn more about the safety risks involved with swimming pools, and ways to prevent residential swimming pool accidents.
Drowning accidents in swimming pools are one of the leading causes of death for small children. In fact, drowning is the number one cause of death outside of birth defects among children between the ages of 1 and 4 years of age, and two of the ten individuals killed each day in a drowning accident is a child aged 14 or younger.
While fatal drownings are a major concern, even those who are not killed in a swimming pool accident can face life-altering injuries. For example, a diver who does not know how deep or shallow a pool is because the depth is not noted can be injured when hitting their head on the bottom of the pool. Individuals who lose consciousness under water but do not drown can still develop brain damage, resulting in learning disabilities, memory problems, or even a substantial loss of brain function.
In order to prevent these sorts of serious or fatal injuries, New Jersey has enacted a number of laws mandating certain safety protections for all those who own a home with a swimming pool. All residential pools must be surrounded by a fence that is a minimum of five feet high. The gate leading to the pool must be self-latching. A number of other safeguards may also be worth investing in to ensure your children’s and guests’ safety, including an alarm that senses when someone enters the pool and sounds throughout the house. Property owners who do not comply with these laws, or who don’t take other reasonable steps to prevent an accident by the pool, could be held liable in court for any resulting injuries. For example, if the fence surrounding the pool is damaged and a child wanders in, even without being invited to the home, the property owners may face liability for that child’s injuries. Owners of swimming pools which are surrounded by material that becomes slippery when wet, or that do not have signage indicating the depth, could also be found to have negligently created a dangerous situation.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident, get help seeking the money damages to which you may be entitled for your medical and rehabilitative expenses, time spent off work, and compensation for your pain and suffering by contacting the experienced and compassionate New Jersey personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation, at 973-532-9681.