Whether you’re swimming at the McClatchy Pool on 5th Avenue, the Johnston Pool on Eleanor Avenue, or anywhere else in or around the city, your day can quickly turn into a nightmare with a Sacramento swimming pool accident that involves you or a member of your family. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 people a day die from unintentional drowning. About 20 percent of those are children aged 14 or younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency treatment for submersion injuries that can cause irreversible brain damage resulting in permanent physical and mental disabilities.
Anybody who owns or operates a swimming pool has a duty to keep the area in and around it safe. Here are some common ways that a Sacramento swimming pool accident could happen:
Lack of barriers or improper barriers
Any swimming pool in Sacramento County must have a barrier or fence on every side of it that’s at least 60 inches high at grade. Since most swimming pool accidents involve trespassing children, barriers and locking gates are a strong deterrent.
A large number of injuries and deaths are caused by entrapment when a swimmer’s hair, clothing or limbs become caught in the strong suction of pool drains. They’re entrapped because the suction is so strong that they can’t break free from it. Federal law requires the owner of every public pool to have pool drain safety covers or anti-entrapment systems when appropriate. Under federal law, a public pool is defined as one in:
- An apartment building or complex
- Any residential development
- Those in any multi-family residential development
- Those in a hotel or other public facility
Slippery areas around a pool
The areas around swimming pools can also be dangerous to both swimmers and adults who are supervising their children. Dangerous slip and falls can occur when the area around the pool is concrete. Owners are responsible for the area between their pool and their enclosure too.
The most effective barrier to prevent children from drowning is adult supervision. Most pools aren’t required to have lifeguards on duty. Simple supervision by more than one adult is a double dose of prevention. With only one adult supervising five children, a moment away to get more coffee or answer the phone can result in a lifelong injury or a fatality.
When somebody suffers a permanent injury, or the tragic death of a family member results from a Sacramento swimming pool accident, families are stunned, and they often don’t know where to turn for help. Contact us. We’re experienced, skilled and compassionate personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. Consultations are free, and you need not pay us anything to retain us. We’ll listen to you about what happened, and then we’ll tell you what we think we can do for you.