Morristown Pool Accident Attorney
Representing Clients Injured in Swimming Pools in New Jersey
A pool is a welcomed luxury as temperatures rise. Anyone from, or living in New Jersey, knows that the heat and humidity can be excruciating in the hot summer months. Many people stay indoors with air condition while others venture out and go for a swim at a public pool or a friend’s house. Pools are made to be enjoyable but they can become a danger to anyone if due care is not taken in ensuring the safety of the swimmers or guests. People are often injured in and around pools caused by diving accidents or drowning. In the United States, statistics show that drowning is a daily reality that could have been avoided had adequate precautions been taken.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Two out of every ten drowning deaths involve children under the age of 14. One in five people, who die as a result of drowning, are children. Adults and children are at risk for drowning and there any number of reasons, some of which can be avoided, as to why people drown.
At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience working with victims and their families facing catastrophic injuries from in swimming pool accidents and recovering full and fair compensation through personal injury claims of all kinds in towns across Morris County and Sussex County. Call our Morristown pool accidents attorney to discuss your unique needs and concerns regarding any kind of serious injury in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team today.
Drowning Accident Lawyers Morristown NJ
Pools are natural attractions for children. Many children do not know how to swim and a pool becomes dangerous. According to the CDC, children ages, 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. A third of all fatal deaths among children in that age group died as a result of drowning. Most of the deaths occur at home swimming pool which means that more often than not, a homeowner can be liable for the death or injuries caused as a result of a drowning that occurred on his or her property.
Drowning does not always result in death. Often drowning causes brain damage, memory problems, loss of brain function, or paralysis due to other injuries. Loved ones may be left caring for the person who is injured or unable to live on their own. The risk of drowning can be reduced by simply knowing the main causes and the precautions that can be taken to prevent it.
Drowning is caused for a variety of reasons according to the CDC they include:
- Lack of Swimming Ability: Many Children and adults cannot swim. Property owners and parents should keep a close eye on children and ask questions of their caregivers about the person’s ability to swim.
- Lack of Barriers: Pool fences and ladders stop children from getting in or near the swimming pool. Pools are known as attractive nuisances as they attract children, therefore, homeowners should have adequate barriers to the pool such as gates with childproof locks or ladders that fold up to prevent small children from climbing into an above ground pool. Other risk factors include inadequate fencing that allows direct access to the pool from one’s house instead of having a fence separating the structures. For example, if a child can open the house door and be next to the pool without a barrier, he is at risk for drowning. A fence separating the pool from the house is the best way to avoid injury. Other ways to assist in avoiding injury are by placing high locks or alarms on doors to alert an adult that the door has been opened.
- Lack of Close Supervision: Drowning happens fast and children should not be left alone anywhere there is water such as bathtubs, swimming pools, buckets. Watch your children even if there are lifeguards present and if you are inviting people to your home you should carefully watch all the guests and children and should not assume that people can swim.
- Alcohol Use: Alcohol use accounts for seventy percent of deaths involving water. A host should not over-serve person alcohol or allow swimming for a guest that is intoxicated. Drinking causes people to use poor judgment and lack of judgment often results in injury as risks are taken that would not otherwise be taken.
Swimming Pool Related Injuries Sussex County NJ
Pool accidents also involve other injuries as a result of diving, sliding boards, or diving board accidents. You should take caution and care when swimming in someone’s pool and if you are a property owner you should ensure the safety of your guest. The homeowner should also assist you in avoiding injuries and warning of potential dangers such as shallow waters and lack of lifeguard supervision.
Injuries to the spine, brain injuries, and permanent disabilities can all result in long-term medical expenses, potentially even for the rest of the victim’s life. Additionally, victims of these kinds of injuries may be unable to return to their previous line of work or even unable to work at all, resulting in a lifetime of theoretical financial losses.
Contact a Morris County Serious Injury Lawyer Today
Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law office have extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for clients injured in swimming pool accidents across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including towns like East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.
Our firm focuses specifically on working closely not only with our clients but with their families as well. We understand just how stressful and precarious a family’s situation can get as medical expenses continue to mount, the injured party remains unable to work, and the insurance company refuses to cooperate or act in good faith. For these reasons and more, we focus on keeping our clients and their families highly informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure you the compensation you need and deserve.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of drowning, or a loved one died as a result of drowning, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of construction site injury, your options for making a successful financial recovery, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at 973-455-1567.