Austin Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer
Swimming pools can be fun, but they can also be incredibly dangerous. Thousands of people are injured and dozens more are killed in Texas swimming pool accidents every year. Many of these accident victims are young children. Even if a child survives a swimming pool accident, the extent of their injuries may cause lifelong disabilities.
Sadly, most swimming pool accidents in Texas are entirely avoidable. They happen because the pool’s owner is negligent or children are left unattended. You might be entitled to compensation if you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident because of someone else’s negligence.
Contact the compassionate Austin personal injury attorneys at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP for immediate legal assistance. We understand how expensive and overwhelming a swimming pool accident can be. We’ll help you get the cash you and your family need as you recover. Your first consultation is free, so don’t hesitate to call for help today.
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How Will an Austin Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Even if your child survives a swimming pool accident, the extent of their injuries may cause lifelong disabilities. Loss of oxygen can cause brain damage that prevents them from ever leading a healthy life. This is not just emotionally devastating. It will also generate significant financial costs for you and your family. Your child was injured because someone else was negligent. That person must be held accountable for the harm they’ve caused.
Fortunately, you can file a lawsuit and demand compensation for any physical, emotional, and financial injuries your family has suffered. While you can pursue money on your own, you risk leaving valuable money on the table. Hiring an experienced Austin personal injury lawyer will give you time to focus on your family and ensure that you get every last penny you deserve.
Here’s why you should trust the legal team at Lorenz & Lorenz for help after your Austin swimming pool accident. We will:
- Protect you from insurance companies whose only goal is to limit the amount of money your family gets after your accident.
- Determine what caused the swimming pool accident and identify everyone who may be liable for your injuries.
- Consult with experts for help identifying your damages and accurately valuing your case.
- Prevent pool owners from blaming you or your child for the accident, which, if successful, could hurt your ability to recover compensation.
Our goal is to make sure that your family gets all of the money it deserves after a devastating swimming pool accident. We won’t let the person responsible for this tragic accident off the hook without giving you the money you deserve. Since 2001, we’ve obtained substantial money damages in settlements and award for our injured clients. We can help you get the cash you need, too. Call today to learn more.
How Common Are Swimming Pool Accidents in Texas?
Swimming pool accidents can be tragic. Unfortunately, they’re more common than you might think. Since 2008, there have been more than 1,850 confirmed drownings in the state of Texas. About a quarter of those involved swimming pools. Only Florida reported more swimming pool fatalities over the last decade.
In 2018, there were 91 child drownings in Texas. There have already been 39 reported youth drownings in the first few months of 2019. Three of those deaths have been right here in Travis County.
Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
Swimming pool accidents and drownings are a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. According to the CDC, it’s the second leading cause of injury death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 and the leading cause of death for kids under the age of 15. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports more than 300 pool drownings involving children under the age of 15 every year. Only birth defects are responsible for more accidental deaths.
Are certain children more likely than others to be involved in a fatal swimming pool accident? Yes. Studies show:
- 80 percent of swimming pool accident victims are boys, and
- African American or Hispanic children are three times more likely to drown than other children.
Children aren’t the only ones involved in fatal swimming pool accidents. It’s the fifth leading cause of avoidable death for adults.
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents in Austin
Most swimming pool accidents and drownings are avoidable. Unfortunately, these tragedies tend to happen because someone is negligent. Negligence means that a person has a duty to do something to keep others safe, but doesn’t.
Negligence that commonly contributes to swimming pool accidents in Austin includes:
- Failure to put fences and barriers around pool areas
- Poor pool maintenance
- Failing to install safety devices, including pumps and covers
- Not providing life jackets and floatation devices
- Allowing a child to swim unsupervised
- Allowing a child who doesn’t know how to swim enter the water alone, and
- Slippery conditions around the pool.
Other causes of swimming pool accidents include defective equipment, using drugs or alcohol while swimming and running near a pool.
Who Can I Sue After a Swimming Pool Accident?
Swimming pools can happen at your own home or on someone else’s property. Here’s who may be liable for your injuries after a swimming pool accident in Austin, Texas.
Homeowners: Owners have to take certain precautions to prevent foreseeable harm on their property. When they have a swimming pool, this means guarding the pool with fences and making sure that it’s in proper working order. When there’s a problem or hazard, they have a duty to fix it or warn you. If they’re at all negligent in the maintenance or use of the pool, you might be able to file a premises liability lawsuit.
Hotels: Swiming pool accidents don’t just happen in the backyard. Hotels in Austin also have to make sure that no one gets hurt while enjoying the pool(s) on the property.
Equipment Manufacturers: Sometimes swimming pool accidents happen when safety gear or pool equipment malfunctions. If the malfunction is caused by a defect, the manufacturer or company that sold the product can be liable for injuries that result.
Not sure who is responsible for your swimming pool accident? The Austin personal injury attorneys at Lorenz & Lorenz can help. Call our law firm to schedule a free consultation today. We’ll review your case and answer any questions you may have.
Damages Available to Swimming Pool Accident Victims
A swimming pool injury can be expensive. You’ll have medical bills and may not be able to go back to work right away. Your injury may even cause a disability and prevent you from working, ever again. It’s not fair to you to make you shoulder the costs of your accident on your own. You didn’t ask to get hurt. The person whose negligence caused your injury should be held fully accountable.
Our attorneys will demand compensation from the person responsible for your pain. We’ll demand money for:
- Nursing care
- Present and future lost wages
- Present and future medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring, and
- Emotional suffering, including depression and anxiety.
We work with some of the best injury experts in the state of Texas to make sure that we know exactly what your case is worth. Call our Austin injury lawyers to get started on your case today.
Need Help After Your Swimming Pool Accident?
Have you or someone you love been injured in an Austin swimming pool accident? Don’t let the person who caused your injury off the hook without giving you the money you deserve. Contact the experienced legal team at Lorenz & Lorenz to learn more about your legal options. You only have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit, so don’t hesitate to call us for help today.