Miami Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer
THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SERVES SWIMMING POOL RELATED ACCIDENT CLAIMS
The Miami and North Miami Beach Perazzo Law Firm represents victims of swimming pool related personal injury accidents which take place at hotels, motels, spas, private residences, or anywhere where individuals are hurt in or around a swimming pool. According to studies reported on swimming pool accident cases, 67% of swimming pool accident deaths involve children under the age of four. Alcohol consumption among negligent adults constitutes for a large percentage of swimming pool related deaths and injuries. The Center For Disease Control (CDC) states that some 3500 people drown every year in swimming pools as a result of slip, trip, falls, and diving activities which result in head injuries. Head injuries from swimming pool accidents can lead to severe head trauma, brain injury and even drowning. Head injuries are not to be taken lightly, even a slight bump. Swimming pool surrounding surfaces are hard and blunt, and these blow can lead to mild concussions which can have long term effects such as dizziness, headaches, etc. Swimming pool accidents that take place at hotels, motels, spas, or even private residences, fall under Premises Liability laws, which holds property owners, operators, managers, legally liable for injury or wrongful death resulting from negligence. In Miami, The Perazzo Law Firm personal injury attorneys are experts when it comes to handling premises liability claims for compensation from injuries that take place at hotel, motel, spa, and private residence swimming pools.
Swimming pools and their surrounding create a sensation of relaxation, especially at hotels, motels, or spas. Vacationers are at risk of suffering personal injury in or around a swimming pool because most often enough, there is alcohol involved, which may bring about negligence while either in the pool or around the sides of a pool or pool decks. Small children and toddlers are at an extremely high risk of suffering severe personal injury and even wrongful death from drowning. There are set rules and regulations when hotel or motel swimming pools are open to their guests. Hotel and motel swimming pools may not always necessarily have a lifeguard on duty as the swimming pool may not be deep enough to constitute a lifeguard. However, swimming pools should be gated or fenced in to prevent youngsters from straying onto pools areas and falling inside a swimming pool. Furthermore, with today's modern technology, hotel or motel swimming pools should have some sort of camera surveillance to prevent unauthorized entry and use when the swimming pool is closed to users. Swimming pool decks must be properly equipped with safe walking surfaces, as well as lounge chairs and equipment that are safe to use. Furthermore, there should always be safety floating devices in the event of a possible drowning situation when no lifeguard is present to watch-over swimmers. Pools should include:
- Proper Fencing
- Proper Signalling and markings
- Proper maintenance and upkeep to prevent bacterial intoxication
- Proper Floating or safety devices
- Responsible supervision
- Floating devices, water toys or products that are not hazardous or defective
What do to do if you have been hurt in a swimming pool related accident:
- Report the incident to the proprietor or pool operator.
- Document the incident and the location of where the accident happened.
- Check the surface for any irregularities such as protruding surfaces or cracks in the floors.
- Check to make sure a lifeguard or a responsible party is on hand.
- Photograph the swimming area and point out any irregularities.
- Seek eyewitness testimony
- Seek medical attention at the establishment and your personal doctor.
- Head Injuries from slip and falls
- Head injuries from diving in shallow water
- Head injuries from slipping on diving boards
- Head Injuries from misuse of water toys or floating devices
- Breaks or fractures from running, jumping or diving in shallow areas of a pool
- Breaks or fractures from slipping or falling on defective, cracked, or unsafe walking surfaces such as decks
- Drowning or wrongful death from negligent lifeguard or adult supervision
- Drowning or wrongful death from intoxication or excessive alcohol consumption
- Hypothermia from swimming in cold temperatures.
- Intoxication from bacteria in swimming pools filled with untreated and chlorine-free water
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