Phoenix Swimming Pool Electrocution Accident Lawyers
Summers are hot and dry in Arizona, so it’s not surprising that of the 10 American cities with the most backyard swimming pools, six can be found in the Phoenix area: a survey by Realtor.com placed Scottsdale (#2), Tempe (#3), Chandler (#4), Glendale (#5), Gilbert (#6), and Mesa (#9) all in the top 10. While swimming pools can help you survive Arizona’s stifling heat, they can also lead to serious injuries and even death.
While we all know about the danger of accidental drowning, we rarely consider the possibility of electrocution in a swimming pool. Though it is fairly rare, it does happen. Since 2002, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 21 deaths from pool electrocution. Hot tubs and spas present the same electrical hazards as swimming pools.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an electrical accident at a pool, hot tub, or spa, you and your family may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. To have as strong a claim as possible, it is vital that you enlist an experienced Phoenix swimming pool accident attorney to represent you. Breyer Law Offices, P.C., has been successfully representing Arizona injury victims since 1997. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work on your case. Call the Husband and Wife Law Team at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation.
Water and electricity can be a lethal combination, but electricity is fundamental in keeping pools clean and properly functioning. Most pool-related electrocutions involve:
- Plugged-in extension cords, power tools, radios, TVs, or other electronic devices
- Electric pool equipment like pumps, filters, vacuums, pressure washers
- Defective underwater pool lights
- Contact with electrical outlets or switches
- Overhead power lines
People tend to relax and let their guard down in party situations, especially when hot tubs are involved. This increases the risk of electrocution. For more information about the risks inherent in pools and hot tubs and what you can do to prevent swimming accidents, please visit our partner, PoolSafely.gov.
A number of entities can be held liable for electrocution in a pool. These entities may include:
- The owner of the property: Under premises liability laws, a pool’s owner has a duty to keep the pool in a safe condition. This includes getting regular inspections and repairs, and keeping hazardous things like electrical appliances away from the water. If the pool is a public pool, the municipality that owns the pool would be the liable party. If the injury happened at a spa, the owner or manager of the spa might be liable.
- The party that installed the pool, including those who did the electrical work.
- The party hired or charged with inspection and maintenance of the pool.
- The manufacturer of any faulty pool equipment, such as pumps, vacuums, heaters, etc.
If you’ve suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a pool-related electrocution accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, punitive damages, and more. To secure a settlement worthy of your losses, you’ll want an experienced legal team on your side. Call a Phoenix swimming pool injury lawyer at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., for a free consultation at (602) 267-1280.