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Swimming pools are a place for fun, exercise and entertainment.  But, they are also dangerous places and the site of many accidents. Many of these accidents result in serious injuries or even death. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-fifth of fatal drowning victims are children 14 years of age or younger. Furthermore, for every child who dies from drowning, another four children received emergency medical care for nonfatal injuries.

Unfortunately, many swimming pool accidents are preventable with the accident occurring due to the negligence of the swimming pool owner or operator. Swimming pool owners, including homeowners, hotels, resorts, schools, water parks and city public pool operators, are obligated to provide a safe swimming pool area by taking certain precautions to prevent swimming pool accidents from occurring.

Common causes of swimming pool accidents

Swimming pool accidents are frequently due to:

  • Poorly trained or lack of lifeguards
  • Diving boards
  • Inadequate warning signs
  • Inadequate or defective safety equipment
  • Inadequate or ineffective barriers
  • Pool drains that are dangerous or defective
  • Water contamination
  • Overcrowding

Ways to Prevent or Minimize Risk of Swimming Pool Accidents

Property owners and swimming pool operators have an obligation to ensure that the swimming pool is in a safe condition and that the swimming pool complies with applicable codes and regulations. Most swimming pool accidents can be prevented if swimming pool owners and operators obey these rules and regulations.

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a swimming pool accident, you may wish to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the swimming pool owner or operator. Under the theory of premises liability, property owners and property managers are liable for accidents on their property if he or she failed to provide safe conditions on their property or failed to comply with applicable codes or regulations designed to protect those entering their property. Premises liability applies to owners and operators of swimming pools.

Contact the Chicago swimming pool accident attorney Bogdan Martinovich at (847) 996-1350 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your swimming pool accident.