Orlando Defective Swimming Pool Injury Attorneys
Florida is known for its sunshine and water. Residents and visitors alike spend a significant amount of time both at the beach and in swimming pools. Sadly, Florida also consistently ranks high on the list of states with the most swimming pool injuries and deaths. At Bailey Fisher, we know how devastating a swimming pool injury can be, especially if the victim is a child. If you or your child were injured in an Orlando defective swimming pool accident, we will aggressively fight to ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable and that you are fully compensated for all your injuries and suffering.
Florida Swimming Pool Facts and Figures
Florida ranked 6th overall in the U.S. for unintentional drowning deaths in 2019, according to CDC figures published by Florida Health. Moreover, from 2017 to 2019 combined, Florida was ranked the highest in the U.S. for unintentional drowning death rate among children ages one to four years old. Florida also had the highest unintentional drowning death rate of 3.28 per 100,000 population among children birth to nine years of age compared to other states. To put those figures in perspective, enough children under the age of five are lost to drowning each year in Florida to fill three or four preschool classrooms. The numbers are no better for adults. During the same year, Florida was ranked 4th in the U.S. for unintentional drowning death rate for adults 18 and older.
What Causes Defective Pool Accidents?
A swimming pool defect can cause even the most experienced swimmer to be injured or even drown. Children and less experienced swimmers are at even greater risk when a swimming pool is defective. Common swimming pool defects that result in serious, even fatal, injuries include:
- Defective or non-compliant drain covers. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, a federal law, requires that all pools should be equipped with anti-entrapment devices to prevent a swimmer’s clothing or limbs from being trapped in the drain. The powerful suction caused by a defective drain can result in drowning or serious injury.
- Defective pumps. Swimming pool pumps move high volumes of water using strong suction. If the suction is set too high during installation or is too high due to a manufacturing defect, it can cause devastating injuries.
- Design defects. Above-ground pools are typically made using semi-rigid thick plastic. Some of these pools are made using thinner plastic that is inflated or that relies on the water itself to prevent the walls from collapsing. Injuries often result when one of these defectively designed pools collapses.
- Defective ladders, diving boards, and slides. A defective ladder can lead to injuries, especially in above-ground pools. If a diving board or slide is defective it can also cause serious injury to a swimmer.
Common Defective Swimming Pool Injuries
Both children and adults can be seriously injured or even die in a swimming pool accident. Common injuries suffered because of a defective swimming pool include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
Who Is Liable for Injuries Caused in an Orlando Defective Swimming Pool Accident?
If a swimming pool defect caused or contributed to the death or injury of a victim, the law of product liability allows anyone in the “chain of distribution” to be held liable. That may include the product designer, product or component manufacturer, and product assembler or installer as well as the wholesaler and retailer. A product can be defective in three ways, including:
- Design Defects. A design defect is one that is introduced into the product during the design phase. Because a design defect is inherent in the design itself, the defect will be present in all products manufactured using that design. An above-ground swimming pool designed with sides that collapse under the weight of the water, for example, would be a design defect.
- Manufacturing Defects. A manufacturing defect is introduced into the product during the manufacturing phase. The product’s design is safe; however, something occurs during the manufacture of the product that results in a defect. For instance, if a pool was properly designed, but a weaker plastic was substituted during the manufacturer of some pools, it would result in a manufacturing defect.
- Failure to Warn Defects. There are products that cannot be made completely safe because of the inherent nature of the product. These products require warnings. The chemicals required to keep a pool clean and sanitary, for example, require a warning label. If that warning label is missing or inadequate, it could cause a failure to warn defect.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Defective Swimming Pool Injury Attorneys
At Bailey Fisher Law we have seen first-hand how a swimming pool accident can physically and emotionally devastate the victim’s entire family. If you or a family member were injured in what you believe was a defective swimming pool accident, allow us to be your voice in the legal system, so you can focus on your recovery and your family.
We have extensive experience helping injured victims recover monetary damages for the physical injuries and psychological trauma caused by a defective swimming pool accident. We will identify all the responsible parties to ensure that they are held accountable while aggressively pursuing compensation on behalf of victims injured in a defective swimming pool accident.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando defective swimming pool accident attorneys will evaluate your case for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.