5 Common Causes of Florida Swimming Pool Accidents
Summertime will be here again before we know it. This means Floridians can get back to the beautiful weather the state is known for. The ideal conditions for family outings, barbecues, and pool parties.
However, because swimming pool accidents can happen rather quickly, many people don't see them coming. We will be going over the most common causes of Florida swimming pool accidents and what you can do if something happens.
Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
Some of the more common causes of swimming pool accidents in Florida include slip and falls, electrocution, traumatic brain injury, and drowning. These accidents can also happen anywhere in your own home, the community pool, a hotel, or a resort. Many children drown at home even while under the care of their parents.
Not Knowing How to Swim
Some adults and children in Florida still don’t know how to swim. However, learning proper swimming skills can reduce your risk of drowning and can keep you safer when you are in or around the water.
You can take swimming lessons through school, local community and recreational centers, and can even find private lessons you can take at home in your own swimming pool.
Another common cause of swimming pool accidents is when there is little to no supervision around the pool. It takes less than five minutes of submersion to drown. So, even running a quick errand and stepping away from your children for a minute can result in tragedy.
Swimming Under the Influence
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 70 percent of recreation deaths were attributed to alcohol. Alcohol mixed with prolonged sun exposure can cause dehydration and can impair judgment. You can also experience slow response times and a lack of coordination. This makes swimming much riskier.
Roughhousing and fooling around in or by the pool can result in injuries. Everyone should follow safety protocols. Children should be taught proper water safety, including walking and not running around the pool, no diving, and no jumping in.
Lack of Security
Another common cause of many swimming pool accidents in Florida is not having enough security to keep people safe. There should be fencing or a latched gate or door to the pool entrance to keep people from getting in and drowning.
How Florida Swimming Pool Cases Work
Statute of Limitations
Now we have to take a closer look at swimming pool liability. The statute of limitations on this kind of personal injury case is four years from the accident date. If someone dies during the accident, then the victim's family has two years from the date of the accident to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Waiting too long to file a claim can bring about a question regarding the severity of the injuries. For this reason, you want to file your claim soon after the accident, so you can seek damages.
When determining liability, there are many factors to consider. For example, if you were an invitee of a public pool, the pool owner has a duty of care. They are required by law to make sure repairs and maintenance are done to prevent any injuries from happening.
The pool owner is also responsible for providing supervision, providing emergency equipment, posting adequate signage, and posting warnings about any and all pool hazards.
If someone trespasses and doesn't have permission to be there, this duty of care does not fall on the owner's shoulders. To prove liability, you must prove that the injuries were caused due to negligence.
Liability can be hard to determine, which is why an experienced personal injury attorney is recommended.