According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2005-2014, there were over 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings (unrelated to boating).

Approximately one out of five of these deaths were children under the age of 14. In fact, the CDC reports that drowning is a leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and 14.

If you were injured or lost someone you love because of a pool accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses.

A swimming pool accident lawyer in Chandler, AZ can help you hold the at-fault party responsible by proving liability in your case. For a free, no-risk consultation, contact Zanes Law at (866) 499-8989.

Types of Swimming Pool Accidents That May Be Grounds for a Claim

Here are some common types of swimming pool accidents that may make you eligible for a personal injury or wrongful death claim:

Injury on Another Person’s Property

If you were swimming at another person’s pool and they failed to maintain the pool and its equipment, they may be liable for your accident. For example, according to Arizona law §36-1681, a swimming pool is required to have a fence, wall, or barrier that is at least five feet tall. Homeowners are also required to install pool barriers to protect children who may be visiting the home and who are vulnerable to drowning.

Equipment Failure

Pool equipment companies owe a duty to sell products that are free from defects. If a defect or the failure of the equipment in the pool led to a pool injury or drowning, you may be able to hold the company liable.

Reckless Behavior of Another Party

If you were at a pool, and the recklessness of another party caused you or a loved one to be injured, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. If your loved one passed away due to a drowning, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim would hold the liable party personally responsible for your damages.

Types of Injuries We Have Seen After Swimming Pool Accidents

While every accident is different, some of the most common types of injuries that happen as a result of swimming pool accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and other head injuries: These injuries can happen as a result of slipping and falling on the deck of a pool or jumping head-first into an area of the pool that was too shallow.
  • Spinal cord injuries and neck injuries: Spinal cord injuries can also happen from slip and fall accidents or from jumping head-first into the This type of injury can result in partial or complete paralysis and impact a person’s bladder and bowel control.
  • Broken bones, cuts, and lacerations: These injuries can range in severity. They can occur from jumping into the pool or from something that may be unexpectedly in the pool.

These are just a few possible injuries that can occur as a result of a swimming pool accident. If you or someone you love was hurt because of a swimming pool accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact Zanes Law at (866) 499-8989 for a free, no-risk consultation to find out how a swimming pool accident lawyer in Chandler, AZ can help.

Proving Negligence in Your Swimming Pool Accident Case

In order to pursue compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, we must prove that the at-fault party behaved negligently. To do this, we must establish:

  • Duty of care: The defendant must have had a legal duty to you or your loved one that passed to behave in a certain way. For example, if the accident happened at someone’s home, they have a legal duty of care to put a fence around their pool and install barriers. A pool equipment company owes a duty to consumers to sell products that are safe and free of defects.
  • Breach of duty: The next element that must exist in a case is a breach of duty. Often a failure to act—such as a failure to take the proper safety measures regarding a pool—is a breach of duty. Oftentimes the case will hinge on what a reasonable person will do, which can, in some cases, be challenging to determine.
  • Causation: The breach of duty must have caused your accident.
  • Damages: You must have sustained physical, financial, and/or emotional damages.

Types of Damages You May Recover After a Swimming Pool Accident

Every case is different, so we cannot estimate the damages you may be entitled to recover as a result of your accident. Damages that victims have been able to recover in similar cases include:

  • Medical expenses, such as ambulance rides, hospital stays, surgical procedures, doctor’s examinations, and medication
  • Lost wages
  • Future wages if you have lost your earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

Wrongful Death

If your family member passed away because of injuries sustained from a pool accident, you may be entitled to damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. Some damages that are specific to a wrongful death claim are:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of support and protection

Do not endure your loss alone. You may go into financial turmoil after the loss of a loved one. Contact our offices today so we can discuss your legal options for recovering damages that are owed to you.

How a Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer in Chandler, AZ Can Help

Many pool owners today fail to take the necessary precautions to keep others safe while visiting their homes. While some injuries that happen in and around swimming pools are minor, many are life-altering or even fatal.

When a life-altering injury or death occurs, a dedicated swimming pool accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation to recover damages to the fullest extent. We can gather evidence and take the necessary steps to prove liability in your case. We will also negotiate with the insurance company to pursue a settlement that will cover your injuries.

Time is of the essence. Do not wait to get started. Take advantage of your free consultation and sign up in one call on the phone. If you are recovering from your injuries, we can come to your home or hospital for a consultation.

Call Zanes Law today at (866) 499-8989 to find out how a swimming pool accident lawyer in Chandler, AZ can help.

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