Escaping to the pool is a popular way of avoiding the summertime heat in Las Vegas. Although it incorporates a great exercise and a ton of fun, it can also bring unwanted accident injuries. At the Injury Firm, every Las Vegas personal injury attorney has years of experience recovering financial compensation for Las Vegas residents who have become injured in swimming pool accidents.
Who is liable in a swimming pool accident?
Pursuant to Nevada Law, unless special circumstances permit, business owners and residence owners of the attractive nuisance (unsecured swimming pool) that caused the injury is held liable. This means that the homeowners or business owners can be held legally liable for accidents that occur on their property–even if a child or an adult were not permitted to swim.
If a swimming pool accident occurred in a public pool or a hotel, you should contact our Las Vegas casino injury attorney immediately.
Financial compensation for swimming pool accidents
Although the type of injury sustained holds heavy weight on the amount of compensation you can recover, if a victim died from drowning, his or her family could file a wrongful death claim in place of a personal injury claim.
If the victim only sustained an injury, the plaintiff can request compensation for all present and future medical expenses, in addition to pain and suffering. As an example, if a victim suffered back injury due to a slip and fall, the negligent party would be held liable for the victim’s medical costs (current and future) and any ongoing treatment or care.
Other damages available to the victim in a swimming pool accident lawsuit include lost wages, loss of consortium, and any pain and suffering.
Why pain and suffering?
Experiencing major injury and/or drowning is traumatic, and they can lead to unforeseeable future injuries such as brain injury and anxiety. Nevada law permits a plaintiff to recover damages for their mental distress.
Common injuries from a swimming pool accident
Some of the most common types of injuries you can sustain from a swimming pool accident include drowning, broken bones, skin lacerations (broken glass), burns if the jacuzzi water is too hot, dehydration, chemical burns (if the pool’s chemicals are imbalanced), and more.
Swimming pool accident statistics
- Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children in Las Vegas, NV.
- The most susceptible demographic to swimming pool accidents are children under the age of 5.
- You can develop serious brain injury from drowning, even if it is only for a few minutes.
Safe swimming tips
Public pools require a lifeguard to be on duty at all hours of operation. Lack of supervision could result in drowning and injury due to foul play. But what about swimming pool accidents at a private residence? Here are a few tips to ensure swimmer safety:
- Keep a locked fence around the perimeter of your pool. The leading cause of accidental death among children under the age of 5 is drowning.
- If your children do not know how to swim, take the time to teach them or invest in swimming lessons.
- If your children are in the pool, do not leave them unattended. The smallest distraction could lead to devastating consequences.
- Keep flotation devices around the pool. Make sure they are easily accessible to your children and/or guests.
- Keep your guests hydrated! Lack of hydration during the hot summer months could lead to dehydration, which could cause drowning.