Drownings: Premises Liability Attorneys

Water can be extremely dangerous for children and adults alike. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2005 and 2009, there was an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings per year in the United States. Interestingly, only one in five people who suffer from drowning accidents are children ages 14 and under, meaning that nearly 80 percent of all drowning accidents happen to children and adults over the age of 14. Most drownings occur in swimming pools, although lakes and ponds can be dangerous, as well.

It is important to watch our loved ones closely when they are swimming or near a pool. Things to watch out for before you or a loved one takes a dip in the pool include:

  • Slick areas near the pool
  • Inadequate markings around the pool to determine the deep end vs. shallow end
  • Murky or unclear water
  • Inadequate fences to keep children out of the pool unsupervised
  • Untrained or understaffed lifeguards at a public pool
  • Dangerous or not properly maintained slide or diving board
  • Overcrowded pools

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a drowning accident and you believe that it was as a result of negligence, you may have the right to recover compensation for your injuries. Talk to an attorney about what has happened to you. Please call us at 847-640-1676 or complete our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.