According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is number 5 among the most leading causes behind unintentional injury that results in premature death in the United States. From 2005 to 2014, there was an average of 3,536 drowning deaths each year in the US.
This means that there were about 10 deaths every day. Roughly 1 in 5 drowning deaths involve children who are aged 14 years and younger. For every child who dies in a drowning accident, another 5 receive medical treatment in emergency departments for non-fatal submersion injuries.
Commonly Asked Questions about Swimming Pool Injuries in NYC
There are a number of questions that people have about swimming pool injury and personal injury claims or suits. Here is a look at some of the common ones:
Q1: We have built a new swimming pool – what can we do to prevent accidental drowning and injury?
A: If you recently built a pool on your property, there are a number of things you can do protect yourself, your family and other people from drowning or serious personal injury. First of all, you need to find about the laws in your city, building code regulations or ordinances that exist for swimming pools in your area. These include child protective rules, fence height, and type of fence.
Installing various forms of safety equipment is the most important step you can take. It is essential that you put a protective cover and fence around the pool. There are also specialized alarm systems that you can install to increase your pool area’s safety.
Q2: My child almost drowned in her friend’s family pool and is now severely brain damaged. What are the legal steps I can take?
A: First off, needless to say, you need to seek medical attention if your child has been grievously injured in a swimming pool accident. If the pool owner’s negligence was the cause of your child’s injury, they can be held liable for medical expenses as well as other damaged incurred as a result of the accident.
The effects of a brain injury on your child can be devastating and it is likely that costly medical care will be required for many years. You will need to obtain adequate compensation to make sure that your child’s quality of life is restored as much as possible. For this, you should speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Q3: What if the safety or pool equipment was defective in some way?
A: In many cases involving swimming pool accidents in NYC, a malfunctioning product or defective design is partly responsible for causing an injury or death. In such instances, you can bring a product liability claim to hold the product designer or manufacturer liable for the damages. Also, poor design of the pool or inadequate warnings can also result in personal injury or death and you should hold the responsible parties accountable for such needless incidents.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident in NYC, you should immediately seek the help of the experienced and winning personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
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