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A Child Can Drown Or Get Injured Just As Easily In An Above-Ground Pool As An In-Ground Pool

by The Beasley Firm  |  April 22, 2012  |  

Due to backyard space issues, community regulations, city ordinances or the belief that some pools are safer than others, many homeowners, property owners, or associations will have above-the-ground pools instead of in-ground pools. Unfortunately, above-ground pools are not any safer than in-ground pools.

Above-ground pools have injury or drowning risks that permanent pools do not. Unlike in-ground pool owners that have many safety regulations to abide by such as fences, locking gates, alarms or pool covers, above-ground pool owners do not. Once a small child can gain access to a free standing pool, they can easily drown because there is no baby pool area but rather one water depth that can be over the child’s head. Unless the child knows how to swim, or tread water, their head will become submerged under water that can lead to a lack of oxygen to the brain, brain damage, or a drowning death. Above the ground pool owners must make sure they have a detachable ladder or locking gate to prevent a child’s access to the ladder or pool.

Because above-ground pools are usually only four or five feet deep, anyone who dives into the pool is at risk of striking their head on the bottom of the pool causing, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia or a diving related death. Homeowners, property owners, or parents who have an above-ground pool need to take the necessary precautions to prevent an accidental drowning or catastrophic injury to any swimmer.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, drowning or death in a backyard swimming pool, you may be able to file a claim for premises liability if the pool that caused you or a loved one’s injury or death was lacking required safety devices or if poor pool maintenance caused or contributed to your injuries. You could also have a claim for product liability if you were not made aware of the safety hazards of the type of pool that caused your injuries.

Since 1958, the experienced Philadelphia swimming pool accident lawyers at nationally known Beasley Law Firm have aggressively represented clients and their families who have been injured or killed in or around a swimming pool. Our experienced swimming pool accident team includes a previous swim club Board of Directors President and individual pool owners that are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of swimming pool and diving board safety.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool or diving board accident, please feel free to contact us for a strictly confidential and free, no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case for you.

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