Many of you may be planning several trips to the pool or other bodies of water this summer and, while it is easy to remember the fun associated with swimming and other water activities, it is important to note the dangers of swimming pools and other wet areas. According to the Live and Learn website, 300 children under the age of 5 are killed as a result of drowning in residential swimming pools annually, along with 2,000 children under the age of 5 who require hospital visits due to injuries from submersion each year.
In an alert from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, drowning has been named as the leading cause of accident-related deaths in homes of children under 5. Although several neighborhoods and communities have posted safety rules and regulations regarding residental pools, both inground pools and above-ground pools, parents often fail to follow the rules and find their children severely or fatally injured, some of them suffering serious brain injuries. For parents who own their own swimming pools, the Safety Commission recommends that they exercise extreme caution and create their own rules to reduce the chances of their children swimming in the pool without supervision.
If you or your child has been injured in a swimming pool accident or slip and fall accident around a swimming pool, feel free to contact experienced personal injury attorney David Benenfeld with any questions you have regarding premises liability. Benenfeld represents victims of swimming pool accidents as well as families who have lost loved ones in water-related accidents. No one can describe the pain and suffering associated with mourning the wrongful death of a loved one or child, and David Benenfeld will consult with you for free with compassion and professionalism if you have suffered a similar loss.