Swimming Pool Accidents
Fewer activities are more wholesome than spending time with your family at the pool on a sunny day, but when things go wrong serious injury or even death can occur. If an accident is the result of a pool owner’s failure to do regular maintenance or follow proper safety procedures, a swimmer may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation.
Death from drowning, brain damage due to oxygen deprivation, and other types of injuries are common during swimming pool accidents. According to End Drowning Now, Georgia is in the top 10 deadliest states for drowning incidents. Even in cases where the victim survives, a drowning may result in brain damage that carries immense lifetime costs for medical care and support.
Swimming Pool Accident Attorney in Atlanta, GA
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed, it is essential to contact competent legal representation to assist you in doing the complex legal work required to win the money you are owed. The Balams Firm has fought for clients in personal injury, product liability, and workers’ compensation claims arising from many kinds of injuries.
We have successfully represented clients in similar cases throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area and elsewhere in Georgia. Our The Balams Firm has acquired the knowledge, skill, and experience to help you strategize for maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (404) 445-2005 to schedule your first consultation free.
Overview of Swimming Pool Accident Law in Georgia
- Legal Standards and Deadlines for Swimming Pool Accidents
- Determining Compensation for Swimming Pool Accidents
- Additional Resources
Legal Standards and Deadlines for Swimming Pool Accidents
Lawsuits involving swimming pool accidents are a quintessential type of negligence case. Negligence is the legal standard for many kinds of personal injury and wrongful death suits. Under the doctrine of negligence, a plaintiff is entitled to compensation if a defendant owed them a “duty” and “breached” that duty by taking, or failing to take, actions that resulted in injury.
For example, owners of pools are required to undergo regular inspections, do upkeep on the swimming area, and make sure that thorough safety regulations are in place such as employing lifeguards or keeping flotation devices nearby. Failure to do these safety protocols could result in the pool property owner being liable if a swimming accident occurs.
The owner of a pool may breach this duty of care, whether at a public pool, a waterpark, a private residence, a hotel, or elsewhere. If so, and an authorized guest is injured as a result, the owner is liable, and the victim is owed compensation. In one actual case in Georgia, a family received $2.25 million after an apartment complex failed to fix a broken gate granting access to the pool area and a child drowned.
It is critical you speak with a licensed attorney to ensure that you don’t miss any relevant deadlines for filing a lawsuit. Once you do you will forever lose your right to seek compensation for a swimming pool accident. Georgia’s statute of limitations, found in the Georgia Code in Section 9-3-33, provides that suits of this kind must be filed within two years of the injury. You should contact a competent lawyer to make sure that you do not miss your window of opportunity.
Determining Compensation for Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents can unfortunately result in serious injury or death, and you may be owed a monetary award for your injuries. This award would reflect your damages such as lost wages, pain and suffering, hospital bills, or the cost of continued care in the case of permanent disability.
Damage calculations are a complex legal issue and should be evaluated by trained legal professionals to guarantee that any potential suit takes into account the true costs of your injuries. Failure to choose an experienced lawyer can mean that you could settle for an award that is much less than what you are entitled to.
End Drowning Now, Drowning Statistics – A compilation of statistics about drowning accidents. Georgia is listed as one of the deadliest states for such accidents. The site has information about types of drowning accidents, including those in swimming pools, and shows what age groups are most affected.
“Ga. Apartment Complex Pays $2.25M In Drowning of Toddler”, Insurance Journal – Article about the settlement mentioned above. This is an example of the potential consequences of swimming pool accidents. It touches upon safety issues and liability.
Atlanta Lawyer for Swimming Pool Accidents in Georgia
The Balams Firm has years of experience representing Georgia clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases and has the skill and knowledge necessary to bring a successful suit. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a swimming pool accident, do not hesitate to contact The Balams Firm.
We have been fighting for maximum compensation for personal injury victims throughout Atlanta and the surrounding areas in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Marietta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Duluth, Norcross, East Point, Forest Park, Smyrna, Riverdale, Milton, Decatur, College Park, and elsewhere in Fulton County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, Clayton County and DeKalb County. Call The Balams Firm at (404) 445-2005 for a free consultation today.