The weather is warming up, which means that Hamilton Fish Park, the John Jay Public Swimming Pool, Red Hook Swimming Pool, and other public swimming outlets in New York are going to be filled with people of all ages. All of them go to cool off and enjoy themselves, never suspecting that they could be endangering themselves.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one-quarter of all drowning victims in this country are children, many of whom perish in swimming pool accidents. For every child who drowns, four more suffer serious and sometimes permanent injuries, such as brain damage.
Swimming pool injuries suffered by both children and adults include:
- Broken limbs
- Head and neck injuries (from jumping into a shallow pool or slipping on wet concrete)
- Severe bruising and abrasion
The most common cause of these catastrophic injuries are as follows:
- Negligence: There are different ways that negligence can contribute to a serious or even fatal injury. For example, property owners fail to erect adequate barriers to keep out unattended children or intoxicated trespassers, or adults tasked with supervising kids in a pool area wander off to take a phone call. It can take only seconds for a young swimmer to fall, hit their head and drown.
- Defective pool components: Poorly covered or broken suction drains can trap bathers at the bottom of the pool or cause serious physical harm. Newer drain covers are dome-shaped and therefore safer, but many pool owners and managers continue to use older, flat covers. Other potentially dangerous components include ladders and fencing.
New York law requires homeowners with swimming pools that were built or modified after 2006 to install alarm systems that monitor the pool area and go off whenever someone gets into the water. These pools must also be completely surrounded by a fence that is at least four feet high and acts as a barrier. Failure to do so exposes them to risk of a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
If you or someone you love is injured in a New York swimming pool accident, then you have the right to seek compensation from the party who appears to be responsible for what happened. Depending on the circumstances, this could be:
- A property owner who did not make their property sufficiently safe for public use
- An adult who did not provide adequate supervision
- The manufacturer of a defective pool component
- Maintenance crews that did not take reasonable steps to remove accident risks
A New York personal injury attorney can help you sue for medical costs, rehabilitative treatment, prescription medication, and other financial losses as well as noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, so that financial worries do not impede your recovery. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx personal injury and accident lawyer who has helped recover millions of dollars for clients over the past 34 years. If you suffered an injury, then contact his office at 718-514-6619 or visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to set up an in-person free initial consultation.