Our Michigan swimming pool injury lawyers handle cases for clients injured in both Michigan public swimming pools and private swimming pools. The injuries and deaths from swimming pools are most often preventable with safe practice, supervision, and proper upkeep. A homeowner, business owner, or governmental entity can be held responsible for injury or death in the pool.
Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
Swimming pool accidents often result in catastrophic and tragic injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control, drowning is a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages.) For children betwee the ages of 1 to 4 years old, swimming pools pose the greatest risk of submersion injury.
For every child less than 15 years old who dies from drowning in a swimming pool, another 10 children receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Nonfatal drowning can cause brain damage that results in long-term disabilities. These include memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functions.
Michigan Swimming Pool Owner Laws
Owners of swimming pools, both public and private, can be held liable for their negligence for not maintaining a safe a swimming pool. Although many accidents happen in backyard pools, a significant number of injuries happen in hotel swimming pools, public water parks, and municipal swimming pools.
Private property owners with a pool on their property are required to have a fence around the pool. It is also recommended that they have isolation fencing with self-latching gates, motion detectors, and effective pool covers to prevent small children from gaining access to the pool. It is also important that children be supervised at all times while in or near a swimming pool. Leaving the pool side for just a minute to use a bathroom or answer a phone call may result in tragedy if a child falls into a pool or enters the pool unsupervised.
In public swimming pools, like hotels, a drowning or other serious injury may occur due to poor maintenance causing a slippery pool floor or “muddied” water, which makes it difficult to see a person struggling beneath the water. The failure to have proper lighting, an emergency phone, and other safety equipment may also constitute negligence, as well as the failure to have lifeguards or the failure to restrict access to the pool can give rise to a claim. Further, the failure to properly mark pool depth, separate swimming lines, and design a pool can provide a basis for liability.
Lawsuits For Michigan Swimming Pool Injuries & Accidents
A civil lawsuit can be filed against the owner or operator of a swimming pool in there is an injury or death. The most common claims in these cases including the failure to properly supervise the victim (especially a child), the failure to properly fence or guard the pool, and the failure to properly maintain the swimming pool or deck. These lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering, disability, loss of income, medical expenses and other claims.
If there is a death involve, we file a wrongful death lawsuit for the surviving family members. These lawsuits seek compensation for the pain and suffering of the victim before death, the loss of society and companionship of family members, funeral and burial expenses, and other economic losses. The insurance company for the pool owner usually pays the setttlements.
Our Michigan Swimming Pool Injury Lawyers
Our firm has obtained significant settlements in cases involving serious injury and wrongful death related to Michigan swimming pool accidents. An early investigation is the key to winning these cases. It is important to hire a Michigan swimming pool injury lawyer as soon as possible after a pool accident to begin working on the case.
We charge no legal fees unless you receive a settlement. We pay all case costs and expenses and if your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. Call our award winning Michigan swimming pool accident lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 to get started! Remember, there are strict time deadlines for filing Michigan swimming pool accident cases so it is important you contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you miss a deadline your claim could be lost forever.