Swimming Pool Injury?
Our Florida Premises Liability Attorneys Offer Help
Swimming pool related accidents, infections and injuries account for next to the highest causes of death and catastrophic injury, second only to car accidents and truck accidents, in the country. The Florida Department of Health reports the state of Florida as holding the sad distinction of the largest number of accidental drowning and subsequent possible brain injuries and spinal cord injuries near drowning consequences, for children under the age of five in the United States.
Children and adults have the right to expect swimming pools, spas, whirlpools, and recreational water areas to have proper supervision and safety measures in place. After 50 years of protecting the rights of the Orlando and surrounding area communities, our personal injury lawyers have the experience, the compassion, and the legal knowledge to recognize when devastating swimming pool accidents or infections aredue to someone else’s negligence. Wooten Kimbrough, P.A. is valued throughout Florida for impressive successes, and for the exceptional personal care, attention, and concern we give each client during the pursuit of justice. Each premises liability attorney at our law firm offers a free consultation and there are no attorney fees unless we win your case; please call us now at (800)235-7060.
Orlando Swimming Pool Accidents Can Result in Serious Spinal Cord and Brain Injury
Swimming pools and other recreational water areas pose safety risks under the best of circumstances. Inattention to any safety measure can result in a slip and fall, drowning or catastrophic injury (such as spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury), resulting in a lifetime of medical treatments and inability to provide an income. Lack of maintenance or dangerous chemical levels in the pool, such as chlorine, can allow disease to thrive and spread in the pool.
Some common causes of preventable accidents include the following:
- Lack of, hidden or unreadable warning signage – Shallow water, possible dangers
- Faulty equipment – Diving board, drain gate, ladder, pool drain cover
- Lack of fencing around pool
- No lifeguard, or “swim at your own risk” sign in absence of lifeguard
- Unqualified lifeguard
- Incompletely filled pool
- Improper pool bottom maintenance – Slippery, murky from debris
- Unmarked shallow or deep water areas
- Accessory manufacturer defects – flotation devices, water slides
- Improperly maintained environment around pool – Poor lighting, buckled walkways, loose handrails
Legionnaires’ Diseases from Infected Pools and Hot Tubs
Swimming pools and spa tubs, if not properly maintained, can cause severe infection and wrongful death. One of the most deadly of these infections is Legionnaires disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that the number of Legionnaires cases each year ranges from 8,000 to 20,000 with a mortality rate of 5 percent to 30 percent.
Legionalla bacteria, the cause of Legionnaires disease, is a naturally occurring bacteria that is often water-borne and invisible to the naked eye. It usually enters the body by inhaling a mist or steam, possibly from an improperly maintained spa tub, swimming pool or steam room. Or, as was the case with the first recognized case of Legionnaires, the source can even be an outdated air conditioning system. The most common site for the cause of the infection appears to be cruise ships, hotels or hospitals.
In one tragic case, we represented a family who lost a loved one due to Legionnaires’ Disease. A couple was vacationing from England and were staying at a national chain in Orlando when the husband contracted the disease after sitting near the pool and hot tub area. Since they barely got in the hot tub, we suspect that simply being near the infected water led to the fatal infection. We proved that lack of maintenance led to the man’s disease.
Other Dangers from Contaminated Water
Swimming pools also put you at risk for infection due to water contamination. The CDC even has a name for it – Recreational Water Illness (RWI). The contamination can be environmental, meaning it may have been blown or rained into the pool, or it may be swimmer-related. Proper chemical and Ph levels are the only way to control the contaminants in a pool, and even then, there are risks. According to the CDC:
- Cryptosporidiosis, a bacteria causing diarrheal disease, can last for days even in a properly chlorinated pool. It can also be found in contaminated food.
- Hot rash, or dermatitis, is most often caused by the Pseudomonas aeruginosa germ in an improperly maintained hot tub
- Swimmer’s ear can also be the result of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa germ
- Interactive fountains and water play areas can be a source for these same germs as the water is recycled through a holding tank
Choosing the Right Florida Premises Liability Law Firm
Choosing the right personal injury law firm to help and guide you through the complex legal, factual, and evidentiary issues surrounding swimming pool accidents or infections is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We are proud to uphold our tradition of excellence. It is a reputation built on experience, knowledge, compassion, community participation, and fierce dedication to you, our client. Our personal injury attorneys offers a free consultation and there are no attorney fees unless we win your case; please call us now at (800)235-7060.