Swimming Pool Accidents

With South Florida’s year-round warm temperatures, many homes have swimming pools and hot tubs as attractive amenities. But swimming pools pose potential dangers, particularly to young children. When pools are not property secured, children can suffer serious or fatal accidents in them. Swimming pool owners may be legally liable for an injury or swimming pool drowning on their property.

If a member of your family has had a serious swimming pool accident, you need to know whether the swimming pool owner can be held responsible. Talk to a caring Florida swimming pool accident lawyer about your legal rights. I am attorney Philip DeBerard. I have more than three decades of experience helping individuals and families recover from serious injuries and wrongful deaths caused by the negligence of others, including swimming pool accidents. The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, focuses on helping victims of swimming pool accidents and wrongful deaths in South Florida and the Treasure Coast.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury or fatal accident in a swimming pool, call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a respected South Florida premises liability attorney, or fill out our online contact form.

Swimming Pools and Legal Liability

Each year, hundreds of young children are injured or die by submersion in residential pools. Drowning is the top cause of preventable deaths among children age 1 to 4 in Florida, according to the National Safety Council. In 2020 alone, 58 kids in this age group tragically died by drowning. Even more children suffer nonfatal submersion injuries.

A toddler may submerge and drown by the time their absence is realized. Safety features that deny, delay, or detect unsupervised entry to a swimming pool can help prevent swimming pool accidents and accidental drowning deaths. A Florida residential swimming pool should have safety features such as a four-foot-tall safety fence, a safety pool cover, or exit alarms on doors and windows leading to the pool area.

Under the laws of premises liability, property owners and property managers are responsible for maintaining their property in a reasonably safe condition and protecting visitors from known hazards. If a private pool is not properly secured, it may create what is known as an attractive nuisance. The swimming pool owner may be held responsible for accidents and injuries in the swimming pool.

Defective drains in pools and hot tubs can create suction force that causes serious injury or traps a swimmer so they become stuck to the drain and cannot pull away. Such accidents can lead to drowning deaths and near-drowning submersions. Pool and hot tub owners have a legal duty to maintain pool drains in safe working order.

Non-fatal swimming pool accidents may cause brain damage, resulting in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent physical disabilities. The lifetime costs for care and medical treatment for young children who suffer brain damage due to near-drowning accidents are enormous.

Contact a Knowledgeable South Florida Swimming Pool Attorney

If you or a family member has been injured in a swimming pool accident, it’s important to consult a knowledgeable South Florida premises liability lawyer. Once you know your legal rights, you can make an informed decision. I am attorney Philip DeBerard. For more than three decades, I have focused my legal practice on representing victims of serious accidents and injuries such as swimming pool accidents caused by the negligence of others. My legal skill has received the highest AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the most recognized national legal directory.

I take pride in leading a team of hard-working attorneys, paralegals and staff who provide caring, one-on-one service to clients across South Florida and the Treasure Coast. The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, will evaluate your swimming pool accident case at no charge and offer guidance. If we go to work for you, we will not charge any attorney fee unless we secure compensation for you. We represent victims of premises liability accidents and swimming pool accidents throughout South Florida and have offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.

Call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a respected Florida swimming pool accident attorney or fill out our online contact form.


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