My Child Was Injured at a Swimming Pool: Can I Take Legal Action?
Over the years, our skilled personal injury attorneys have served Lakeland and surrounding communities in Winter Haven and Tampa, FL. We’ve worked with families with accident litigation, which includes accidental drownings and other accidents in or around swimming pools. Parents come to us asking if they can seek legal action for a swimming pool injury.
Yes, you can take legal action after a swimming pool injury.
This brings up another question, however: who can you sue for a swimming pool accident?
Let’s cover some of the basics of these matters below.
The Risks of Swimming Pools
According to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Florida ranks fifth in the United States for unintentional drowning deaths. This applies to drowning deaths in pools as well as lakes and the ocean. What’s more, Florida leads the nation in unintentional drowning deaths among young children ages 1 to 4.
These numbers highlight why swimming pool accidents in the state need to be taken seriously, and why anyone who owns a pool needs to exercise great caution and responsibility.
Can Someone Be Held Liable for a Swimming Pool Accident?
If the person or entity that owns a swimming pool acted negligently and this negligence contributed to the injury of a child, you can file a civil lawsuit against the pool owner.
Our law firm has worked on numerous lawsuits involving drowning and can help determine if negligence played a role in your case.
Examples of Who Can Be Held Accountable for a Pool Accident
Numerous people and groups can be held liable for their role in a child’s drowning. This includes:
- Homeowners - Many homeowners in the state have swimming pools on their property.
- Owners of Condos and Apartment Complexes - One of the key selling points of various complexes in the state is the inclusion of a swimming pool for residents on the grounds.
- Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) - A number of HOAs have neighborhood swimming pools.
- The Parks Department - The Parks Department is in charge of public pools in the state.
- Owners of Hotels, Motels, Resorts, and Rental Properties - Pools at hotels and other locales help attract tourists and people having a getaway.
- Cruise Lines - While legalities on the high seas can vary, they may be clearer should a pool injury occur while a cruise ship is docked in Florida.
Filing a Lawsuit Against a Negligent Party
If your child drowned or experienced other preventable injuries at a pool, we encourage you to discuss your case with us. You may have a premises liability claim that is worth pursuing. In the tragic case of a fatal pool accident, we can assist you with filing a lawsuit over the wrongful death of a loved one.
Our lawyers will help ensure you receive just compensation for the harm that occurred. We can negotiate pre-trial settlements or take your case all the way to court.
Contact Our Team of Injury Lawyers Today
Do you need to discuss a swimming pool accident with a legal professional? We encourage you to contact our Florida law offices today. The team at Moody Law operates out of Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Tampa, and is ready to listen and offer our legal counsel.