Phoenix Pool Suction Accident Lawyers
You already know about the dangers of swimming pools and spas: drowning, diving accidents, electrocution. But there’s a rarer yet equally harmful type of pool accident that is particularly hazardous to small children.
Pool and spa drains produce a great deal of suction that can trap a person’s body part, hair, or clothing and hold him or her under water. This type of accident got media exposure several years ago when R&B singer Usher’s 5-year-old son was stuck in a pool drain and nearly drowned.
If you or a family member has been injured by a spa or pool drain, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury 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.
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 - so 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 brain damage or death. There have even been cases where a swimmer has been eviscerated (disemboweled) by the suction of a malfunctioning swimming pool drain.
There are safety measures that can be installed at pools, such as safer drain covers and drain cut-off mechanisms. Older pools with only one drain, instead of multiple drains, are much more powerful and therefore dangerous. If you own a pool or know someone who does, make sure that these safety measures are installed. One great resource is PoolSafely.gov. We at The Husband and Wife Law Team have partnered with them, and we strongly recommend you visit their website, which promotes pool safety and provides all kinds of common-sense facts and tips.
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 that occur at the 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 injuries or death.
If you or your child has been injured in a pool drain accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for 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
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the victim before death
- 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
If a 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:
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.
- Pool Drain Covers Meant to Prevent Entrapment May Not Be Safe
- Hidden Dangers Of Pool Drains - CBS News
- Pool Drain Suction Entrapment: A Deadly but Less Talked-About Drowning Risk Factor - IPSSA
- 2012-2016 Reported Circulation/Suction Entrapment Incidents Associated with Pools, Spas, and Whirlpool Bathtubs, 2017 Report