As the weather heats up, millions of people will flock to pools this weekend. With this in mind, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children younger than the age of four. In fact, in Tennessee, six children under the age of 4 were killed in pool and spa accidents in 2014, with many incidents occurring in residential pools.
To prevent a pool accident at your home, you should make sure that you have a fence or gate around your property, have alarms, have drain covers and make sure that all of your equipment is in order. One of the reasons children are susceptible to drowning incidents is because of enticement. As a pool owner, you should take steps to make sure children cannot easily walk into a pool area when adults are not present.
In addition, if you are allowing people into your pool, make sure that all children are being monitored by adults, and make sure that you have first aid products and floating equipment available. You may also want to make sure that someone is trained in CPR, in the event that there is an incident.
The last thing you want as a pool owner is for tragedy to strike—make sure you take safety precautions, as you could be held liable for any accident that occurs.
If Your Child is Involved in a Pool Accident, Seek Legal Guidance
If your child is injured or killed in a pool accident, you should speak to an attorney about your legal rights. This may be incredibly difficult, but the earlier you talk to our attorney, the quicker we can launch an investigation into an accident.
Following an accident, you may be contacted by the pool owner’s home insurer—before speaking to a representative, make sure you talk to our lawyer first. Often, insurance companies worry about saving money following an accident, so they quickly try to get family members to agree to settlements that may not be in their best interest.
Contact our Nashville injury attorney to set up a free consultation if you have been affected by a pool accident. He offers great compassion and could thoroughly investigate your claim, making sure that your legal rights are upheld.
“The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”- Psalms 34:15