Orange County Swimming Pool Accidents Attorney
Orange County is home to thousands of swimming pools. Unfortunately, it only takes a moment for a fun time in the pool to turn into a tragedy. Swimming pool accidents can result in serious injury and even death. Have you or someone you love been injured in a swimming pool accident? If someone else is to blame you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, we will fight to maximize the financial settlement or award you receive. Call Orange County personal injury attorney John Rapillo today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
Just how common are swimming pool accidents? According to the CDC, between 2005 and 2014 there were approximately 10 unintentional drownings in the United States each and every day. Swimming pool accidents are not always fatal. Each year, approximately 5,000 people receive emergency medical treatment for swimming pool related injuries. Last summer, there were 14 drowning deaths in the state of California.
Children Most Likely to Suffer a Swimming Pool Injury
Unfortunately, our youngest family members are at the greatest risk of suffering a swimming pool injury or death. Studies show that the leading cause of death for children between the age of 1 and 4 is unintentional drowning. When all drownings are considered, these statistics are striking:
- Three-quarters of all drowning deaths involve children under the age of 5
- Two-thirds of all drowning deaths involve children under the age of 3.
Children do not always suffer a fatal injury when involved in a swimming pool accident. According to the CDC, for every one child killed in a swimming pool accident, another four will suffer a serious injury.
Where Do Most Swimming Pool Drownings Occur?
Swimming pools can be found all over Orange County. Some are located at apartments and hotels, some can be found on government property, while others have homes on private land. Statistics show that most drownings occur at private swimming pools. In fact, 75 percent of all drownings of kids under the age of 15 occur at home or at a neighbor’s house. The type of pool a family has installed at their home does affect the chances of drowning.
- Above-Ground Pool: 19 percent of swimming pool deaths
- Portable Inflatable Pool: 99 percent of swimming pool deaths.
The majority of drownings occur at in-ground pools.
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents in Orange County
Why are swimming pool accidents happening so frequently across Orange County? Commonly cited causes of swimming pool accidents and injuries include:
- Slippery conditions
- Children not being supervised while playing in and around pools
- Unsafe pool drains and filters
- Debris and hazards around the pool
- Swimming without a lifeguard present
- Faulty or inadequate fencing
- Lack of swimming skill and knowledge
- Lack of warning signs
- Defective safety equipment
- Swimming while intoxicated, and
- Distracted parents.
Adults are encouraged to use common sense and caution when using a swimming pool. Children, especially those who are still learning to swim, must always be supervised. Most accidents happen when we become relaxed and forget that swimming pools can be incredibly dangerous.
Common Swimming Pool Accident Injuries
Swimming pool accidents can cause a victim to suffer a wide range of injuries. At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our attorneys have helped swimming pool accident victims recover compensation for injuries including:
- Internal organ damage
- Lung and breathing disorders
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Paralysis (including paraplegia and quadriplegia)
- Wrongful death.
Injuries can affect swimming pool accident victims for the rest of their lives. If someone else is responsible for the accident, it is important to hold them accountable. The money you recover from a personal injury lawsuit can help to relieve the financial stress of the traumatic event.
Liability for Swimming Pool Accidents in Orange County
Who can you hold responsible for your swimming pool accident injury? The answer depends on what caused the accident in the first place.
Did your swimming pool accident happen while you were a guest on another person’s property? You may be able to hold the owner responsible for your swimming pool accident injuries. In California, property owners have an obligation to make sure that the premises are safe for guests. In order to fulfill this obligation, landowners must fix any known hazards and warn about any known dangers. When someone has a pool on their land, they must take certain steps to ensure it will not harm guests. These steps can include:
- Surrounding the pool by a fence and gate
- Posting warning signs, and
- Making sure the pool is in proper working order.
If a property owner is negligent in the maintenance or upkeep of the pool (and/or surrounding areas), they can be liable for injuries.
Sometimes swimming pool accidents happen because the pool, pool devices, and/or safety equipment are defective. In California, companies that design, manufacture, and sell goods must ensure that the products they put on the market are safe. Defective products that could cause or aggravate a swimming pool accident include:
- Safety floats and devices
- Pool toys
- Swimming pool structures
- Pool pumps and drains
- Diving boards
- Pool heaters, and/or
- Pool chemicals.
If your swimming pool accident involved a defective product you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. In many cases, you will not have to prove that the company that put the product on the market was negligent. Instead, you’ll just have to show that the defective product played a significant role in your injury. Defects can exist because of design, manufacturing, or inadequate warnings.
What If I Share Fault For My Orange County Swimming Pool Accident?
Try not to worry if you share some of the blame for your swimming pool accident. In California, fault is not a bar to recovery. You can recover some compensation as long as someone else is also at fault. It is important to understand that the amount of money you can recover will depend on how much fault you share. This is why it is so important to speak with an attorney after your accident. Our Orange County personal injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate your accident and find evidence that shows others are to blame. The less fault you share, the more money you can recover.
Statute of Limitations for Swimming Pool Accident Claims
It is important to act quickly if you have suffered a swimming pool accident injury in Orange County. California limits the amount of time to you have a file a legal claim. In fact, you will only have two years from the date of your accident to pursue damages. You won’t be able to recover the money you deserve if you don’t file your claim before the statute of limitations expires.
Contacting an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer immediately after your accident can help to ensure that your claim is filed on time. At the Law Office of John Rapillo, our lawyers will make sure that your ability to recover compensation isn’t prohibited because of a legal technicality. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
How Our Orange County Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers Can Help
The time following a swimming pool accident can be incredibly stressful. Injuries can keep you out of work for weeks and generate costly medical bills. You’ll have a lot on your plate. The last thing you need to do is try to navigate a complex personal injury claim on top of everything else. Hiring a lawyer to handle your legal case will make your life a lot easier.
Here’s how our Orange County swimming pool accident lawyers will help you after your accident:
- We handle all aspects of your legal case and give you the time you need to focus on getting better.
- We make sure that insurance companies do not take advantage of you during this difficult time.
- We thoroughly investigate your case to determine the cause and identify all liable parties.
- We work with experts to make sure that your personal injury case is properly valued.
- We aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf, including damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in an Orange County swimming pool accident you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our attorneys are dedicated to helping you get the money you deserve. We have over 30 years of legal experience and know how important a financial recovery can be. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.