Swimming pools are a lot of fun. But they are also more dangerous than many people realize. Quite often, people are too busy enjoying their swimming activities to fully appreciate the hazards presented by a pool. The first and most obvious danger is accidental drowning, which occurs more often than most people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2005 and 2014 there were an average of 3,536 unintentional drowning fatalities every year in the United States. That comes to about 10 accidental drownings deaths per day. Unfortunately, about 20 percent of these drowning deaths involved children under the age of 14. Children between the ages of one and four have the highest accidental drowning rates.
According to the CDC, the number of accidental child drownings in Arizona in 2016 was 25 percent higher than the national average. In Arizona, children between the ages of one and four are drowning at about twice the national average of children in that age group. Part of the reason that Arizona has a higher than average accidental pool drowning rate is that Arizonans have a higher average rate of pool ownership. Another factor influencing Arizona’s annual accidental drowning rates is the weather. Arizona’s warm climate results in a longer swimming season. The warm weather allows people to enjoy their swimming pools when it is too cold to swim in other areas of the country. But no matter the reason, Arizona’s high accidental drowning rate is a matter of great concern. Arizona pool owners must do their parts to prevent injuries or deaths from occurring in their swimming pools.
Swimming pool owners in Arizona have a legal responsibility to make sure that their swimming pools are safe to use. Pool owners must take reasonable steps to protect the safety of people in and around their swimming pools. They must be especially vigilant if children are using their pools. A responsible adult trained in CPR should always supervise children when they are in or near a swimming pool. There should be an adequate supply of life vests and other certified life-saving flotation devices readily available. Arizona law also requires pool owners to erect barriers around their pools. These barriers must meet the requirements specified under the provisions of A.R.S. Section 36-1681. This law only applies if there are one or more children under the age of six living in a house. There are exceptions to the law for public swimming pools and other entities.
Unfortunately, some pool owners fail to take the necessary precautions to prevent people from being injured while in or near their pools. Although some swimming pool injuries are minor ones that require little medical attention, other injuries can be very serious and even fatal. Many non-fatal pool accidents result in the victims receiving permanent injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives. For example, non-fatal drownings can result in the victims suffering permanent brain damage. Arizona pool owners can be held liable for any injuries caused by their negligence. If you have been injured in a pool accident, you need to immediately talk to a Phoenix swimming pool accident lawyer to find out how to get compensation for your injuries.
Not all lawyers are the same. If you have been injured in a swimming pool accident, you need the help of a personal injury attorney. The lawyer that handled your last real estate closing or your divorce might not have the training and experience necessary to successfully litigate your swimming pool personal injury case. Personal injury cases can be complicated. In order to receive compensation for your injuries, you must first prove that the pool owner did something wrong. Doing so generally involves showing that you got injured because the pool owner failed to take reasonable actions to keep his or her swimming pool area safe.
After proving that the swimming pool owner is responsible for your injuries, your personal injury lawyer must then prove the extent of your injuries in order to get you proper compensation. Establishing the extent of a victim’s injuries is often a very contentious part of personal injury litigation. The pool owner’s insurance company’s lawyers will vigorously contest the degree of your injuries in order to get you to settle your claim for the lowest amount possible. Don’t try to deal with these lawyers on your own. Get an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight for you. A Phoenix personal injury attorney will present testimony from expert witnesses in order to prove how severely you were injured. Experienced Phoenix personal injury attorneys are always available at Zanes Law to fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Doug Zanes is an experienced Phoenix swimming pool accident lawyer who has been practicing law since 1997. He is a skilled trial attorney who has won verdicts in excess of $1 million for his clients. He is also a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. When you are looking for a personal injury attorney, you need to find a litigator like Doug Zanes who will actually take your case to trial, if necessary, in order to get you fair compensation for your injuries. Doug Zanes is good at what he does, and he has the high-dollar verdicts and settlements to prove it.
When you are looking for a personal injury attorney, don’t settle for a lawyer that does “a little” personal injury law. Hire Doug Zanes, someone who doesn’t handle DUI and divorce cases but is a full-time personal injury attorney. He concentrates all his energy and talent on litigating personal injury cases. Doug Zanes speaks Spanish fluently and has offices in Phoenix, Tuscon, and Seattle. If you have been injured in a swimming pool accident, don’t try to take care of your case on your own. You have too much to lose. Call Zanes Law for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.
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