Denver Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer

bigstock-Two-little-girls-and-boy-fun-j-46132606--300x200About ten people accidentally drown every day in the U.S. About one in five drowning victims are children. Many other people sustain serious injuries due to falls around a pool area. Although swimming is intended to be a fun activity, an accidental drowning or slip and fall is a tragedy for everyone involved. In the Denver area and elsewhere in Colorado, if you suffer an injury in the water, or if a member of your family is injured in a pool or perishes in an accidental drowning, you are going to need dedicated and experienced legal advice and representation immediately. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. advocate on behalf of swimming pool accident victims and the survivors of wrongful death. While nothing can alleviate the pain of unexpectedly and suddenly losing a loved one, a wrongful death claim can at least help family members cope with the unexpected expenses they invariably face after such a tragedy. If you are a swimming pool accident victim or the survivor of a victim, contact an experienced Denver swimming pool accident lawyer at Norton and Bowers, P.C. immediately to discuss filing claims against the liable parties.

SWIMMING POOL ACCIDENT INJURIES

Unfortunately, many swimming pool accidents are fatal, however some victims do sustain serious injuries. One of the most common injuries that can occur as a result of a swimming pool accident is spinal cord injury. This serious injury occurs after an owner fails to mention how shallow a pool is or that a diving board is defective. Spinal cord injuries can cause pain and immobility, sometimes requiring surgery. In the worse case scenario, the damage caused by serious spinal injuries can even lead to paralysis. Either way, this injury can severely impact your quality of life and independence.

Another serious injury that can occur in swimming pool accidents is brain trauma. There are three types of TBI, including mild, moderate and severe. Mild TBI, also known as concussions, may result in a loss of consciousness, but this is not always the case. However, with moderate or severe TBI, the patient will always lose consciousness for a few minutes, hours or even days or weeks. Depending on the severity of the TBI, accident victims could be permanently impaired or require long-term therapy. Long-term effects of TBI may include, but are not limited to:

  • Impairment of motor skills, balance and coordination
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Mood swings, including bouts of depression, anxiety and anger
  • Permanent paralysis
  • Impairment of cognitive ability

Disembowelment can also occur as a result of a swimming pool accident. If a child or adult swimmer places their bottom on the drain portal of a wading pool, the powerful force of the suction can rupture their rectum and cause disembowelment.

Besides these catastrophic injuries, swimming pool accident victims may also suffer from broken or fractured bones if they misjudge the distance to the pool when  jumping in or dive into the shallow end of the pool. After an accident, victims may also experience emotional pain, anguish and suffering as well as anxiety.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, seek help from our Denver swimming pool accident attorneys at Norton and Bowers, P.C.

PREMISES LIABILITY

The premises liability law states that property owners have a legal obligation to care for and maintain their property and warn visitors of potential danger to prevent injuries. If the property owner fails to do so, he can be held responsible for injuries that occur.

When safety measures aren’t taken at a swimming pool, and an injury or a drowning occurs, a pool’s owner(s) or operator(s) may be liable, and victims or survivors may pursue a wrongful death or personal injury claim. Tragically, the highest drowning rate is among children ages 4 and under who drown mostly in private, residential swimming pools. Under the law, a child that young cannot be considered negligent.

Consistently-used fences and locks are the most effective tools to prevent children from drowning and to protect homeowners and other pool operators from liability. In Colorado, owners of public or semi-public pools, such as those found in a community center or park, are required to maintain a certain barrier around their pools that follows these guidelines:

  • The barrier must be at least four feet tall to ensure visiting children are safe
  • If the property owner is using a chain link fence as a barrier, it must have a maximum opening of 1 ¾ x 1 ¼ inches.
  • Vertical fence barriers must have an opening smaller than 4 inches.
  • No matter what type of barrier the property owner decides to use, it must swing outwards and close on its own

Private pool owners and operators, along with schools and city recreation departments, are often found negligent in drowning cases. If you have a family and a residential pool, you should know CPR and keep a first-aid kit nearby. A number of providers offer first-aid training in Denver, and classes are available throughout Colorado.

COMPENSATION FOR SWIMMING POOL ACCIDENTS

Depending on the details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Speak to a personal injury lawyer to determine what compensation you may be entitled to. Compensation may be awarded for:

  • Medical expenses that the victim has incurred as a result of the accident
  • Future medical expenses that the victim expects to pay
  • Loss of wages if the injury has impacted your ability to work
  • Pain and suffering that you have experienced as a result of the accident
  • Any out of pocket expenses caused by the accident

If you were involved in a swimming pool accident and believe you should receive compensation, speak to an attorney at Norton and Bowers, P.C. as soon as possible following the accident. 

SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION

Our team of attorneys have years of experience working in personal injury law, and have represented clients in cases involving swimming pool accidents, construction accidents, product liability, pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents, and dog bites. If you have suffered an injury because of someone’s negligence, don’t wait to take action–speak to a swimming pool accident attorney today.

Norton and Bowers, P.C. serves clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that there is no attorney fee until we obtain a recovery for your loss. If you’ve been injured in a swimming pool accident, or if you’ve lost someone you love in a drowning in Colorado, call us promptly at 303-400-8100 or fill out the form on this website to arrange a free consultation. You’ll be able to speak directly to a Denver swimming pool accident lawyer during your free case evaluation. Offsite, weekend, and evening appointments are also available. If you’re injured in the state of Colorado because of someone else’s negligence, let Norton and Bowers, P.C. go to work for you to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

 

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