LAS VEGAS, Nevada. The summer months are a great time to go for a swim, but swimming pools can be deadly if individuals don’t take precautions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, among children between the ages of 1 and 4, drowning is the leading cause of death. U.S News & World Report notes that young children are at the greatest risk, but older children also should be protected around pools. Tragically, even children who survive pool accidents face long term personal injuries, including brain damage. Resorts and hotels in Las Vegas that have pools also have a responsibility to keep their premises safe. Resort or hotel owners that fail to maintain safe premises could be held responsible for paying for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering if individuals are hurt or suffer a slip and fall injury on their property. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to poorly-maintained premises or because of an unsafe pool, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you. Contact the Truman Law Firm, P.C. to learn more or visit their website at www.trumanlawfirm.com.
Property owners can take important measures to protect children and maintain safe premises. Many pool accidents can be prevented with proper precautions. Here are some ways that pools can be kept safe:
- Fence in the pool. Check with local building codes and make sure that the fencing cannot be climbed by children. The gate should also not be easy for a child to open without assistance.
- Check pool drains for safety. Children can become entrapped in the suction pumps of a pool or spa. Make sure that all drains are protected with a cover. In many cases, individuals and companies that own pools need to take measures on their own to install safety covers. According to ABC News, the Consumer Product Safety Commission does not require pools to have back up safety anti-entrapment systems. In cases where pools have one main drain, the pool must have a working back-up system. But, if these systems aren’t maintained, they can fail—with tragic results.
- Make sure your children understand pool safety and have taken swimming lessons before they go into the water. Enforce strict no running rules around the pool. Watch children and don’t let them participate in horseplay or intentional hyperventilation. Breath training exercises, even when performed by skilled persons have led to deaths. According to NBC News, even adults can drown if they hold their breath before going underwater.
Many hotels, resorts, and casinos in Las Vegas do not hire lifeguards for their pools. If pool surfaces are wet, if the pool isn’t properly maintained, or if fencing isn’t secure, accidents can happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, Nevada, a personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you. A personal injury attorney and the lawyers at the Truman Law Firm in Las Vegas, can review your case and determine whether you are entitled to wage loss benefits, quality of life changes recovery, or pain and suffering.