Phoenix Pool Suction Accident Lawyers
Swimming Pool Suction and Drain Accidents
You already know about the dangers of swimming pools and spas, such as drowning, diving accidents, etc. But, there’s a less frequent yet equally harmful type of pool accident that is particularly hazardous to small children and involves suction. Pool and spa drains produce a great deal of suction that can trap a person’s body, hair, or clothing and hold them under water. This type of accident got some media exposure several years ago when singer Usher’s five year old son became stuck to a pool drain and nearly drowned.
If you or a family member is injured by a pool drain or other pool apparatus, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury and premises liability attorney. The Phoenix swimming pool accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. have been successfully representing injury victims and their families throughout Arizona for 20 years. Call us today at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation.
Severe Pool Related Injuries and Fatalities
According to the Pool Safety Council, the drain of a residential pool can produce suction with a force that is equivalent to a 500 pound weight. In other words, trying to pull a stuck child off a drain would be like trying to lift a 500 pound weight. This suction power can easily keep a person submerged underwater long enough to cause severe injury or even death, especially children.
Pool Injuries and Premises Liability
Under the legal tenet of premises liability, the owner of a pool or the person charged with maintaining it, can be held liable for any accidents occurring at that pool. That could be a homeowner, a municipality, or a private entity (such as a country club). Other potential liable parties would include the pool’s designer, installer, and the manufacturer of the drain cover and any other apparatus that contributed to any injuries or deaths.
Compensation for a Pool Drain Injury
If you or your child has been injured in a pool drain accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to the injury (reconstructive surgeries, skin grafts, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and mental duress (such as PTSD)
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Lost wages (this includes any work missed to go to doctor appointments or go to the hospital for surgery)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
Compensation for Wrongful Death
If the pool drain injury resulted in the death of a loved one, you and your family may be able to pursue compensation for the following wrongful death damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the victim before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as retirement benefits and medical benefits)
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, chores, etc.)
- Punitive damages
Speak with a Phoenix Pool Suction Accident Attorney at the Husband & Wife Law Team
There are safety measures that can be installed at pools, such as safer drain covers and drain cut off mechanisms. If you own a pool or know someone who does, make sure that these safety measures are installed. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident, call a Phoenix pool accident injury lawyer at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation.