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A relaxing day in the pool at a hotel or casino can be relaxing and blissful, but it can also be life-threatening if proper safety procedures are not followed. In the United States alone, approximately 5,000 children are admitted to emergency rooms each year because of swimming pool injuries.
A swimming pool can be a playground, a haven, for family fun and carefree afternoons. However, this source of entertainment and exercise can quickly become a serious danger if not handled properly. There are countless risks around a pool that, unfortunately, are often overlooked by the owners of hotels and casinos. Accidents in a pool often result in serious injury and, in the most tragic cases, death. In fact, 15% of accidents are fatal.
Statistics show that pools are approximately 14 times more likely than motor vehicles to cause the death of children under four years of age and are a major cause of hospitalizations of children. This type of injury is definitely one of the reasons to sue a hotel or casino. If someone in your family has been injured in a pool accident, the compassionate and caring lawyers of the Avrek Law Firm can help you file a lawsuit.
What is My Swimming Pool Accident Case Worth?
While there are some differences in the way these different types of personal injury accidents are handled, the basic concept remains the same.
Determining negligence, which refers to guilt or liability, is the most important issue when analyzing the value of a personal injury accident claim. Next, the physical injuries a victim has experienced, including the type, number and extent of the injuries, will also be important in determining what a case is worth.
Some swimming pool injuries are catastrophic and life-changing, while others result in less serious wounds. For example, someone who has suffered a broken back is clearly entitled to greater compensation than someone who suffered only blows and bruises.
Next, an attorney will look at the non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, experienced after an accident. This portion of compensation will represent the emotional trauma resulting from the swimming pool accident.
Although you should now have a better understanding of the factors involved in determining what your case is worth, you should also be able to see why you need an experienced swimming pool accident lawyer to evaluate the facts and the specific circumstances of your case to give a more accurate estimate of the value of your claim in casino and hotel negligence settlements.
Common Swimming Pool Injuries
If an accident occurs in a public swimming pool or in a private residence, the acts of negligence of other people causes them to be responsible for compensating the victims.
Some of the most common types of pool accidents are:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents when diving
- Defective products or equipment
- Spa accidents
- Health and safety violations
- Hazardous or toxic materials
Injuries can occur due to the poor design elements of a pool, inadequate maintenance, inadequately trained staff or negligent pool owners.
According to the Californian law, a property owner can be held liable for injuries suffered because of a dangerous condition on a property. Community pool injuries involve slip and fall accidents, chemical burns, suction drainage injuries, trampoline injuries and can include drowning.
Accidents in a pool and drowning occur regularly in:
- Private residential pools above ground and under ground
- Private swimming clubs
- Hotel pools
- Public swimming pools
All types of injuries can occur around a pool, including brain and spinal cord injuries, near-drownings that cause brain damage due to lack of oxygen, head trauma, slip and fall accidents resulting in broken bones or trauma to the brain and other terrible consequences.
Some of the situations that can result in injuries include:
- Ineffective locks or fences to prevent break-in
- Failure to put proper warning signs, pointing to shallow water and other potential hazards
- Trampolines or stairs which are defective, unstable, or poorly placed.
- Lack of lifeguards or inexperienced lifeguards
- Leaving children unattended
- Failure to cover pool when not in use
- Pools that are too full
What to Do After Being Injured in a Casino or Hotel
If you have been involved in a hotel or casino swimming pool accident, notify the lifeguard as they are the ones who will know how to act in each case and call the emergency services when necessary. If the accident causes a concussion, the most important thing to do is to move as little as possible the injured person’s neck, since the movement can seriously worsen the injury.
Make sure to seek medical attention so there is documentation of your injuries. And, if possible, get witness information and any photos of the pool area where the accident occurred. Then, contact an experienced personal injury law firm like Avrek Law.
How to File a Lawsuit Against a Casino or Hotel
The injury accident lawyers in the Avrek Law Firm want to help you and your family recover financial damages when there has been a drowning accident or near-drowning incident in a hotel or casino. We will work hard to gather information and evidence in an effort to develop your case to sue the negligent party, whether it be that the homeowner, facility, pool manufacturer, distributor or installer is responsible for the incident.
Avrek Law has more than 50 years combined experience representing cases in several states and it’s their job to ensure clients get the most up-to-date information to help them defend their case. Whether you’ve experienced swimming pool injuries or seek an elevator lawsuit payout, the consultation is free and you’ll get advice from a law firm with more than $1 billion recovered in more than 25,000 cases. View one of our locations or contact us for a free accident consultation.