Swimming pools are inherently dangerous places, and whoever’s in charge has a responsibility to maintain the environment and keep these pools safe for everyone who enjoys them. Shockingly, according to the CDC, swimming pool drownings are the number-one cause of unintentional deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Drownings are the fifth-leading cause of unintentional deaths for adults.
Common injuries at the swimming pool include:
- Head injuries such as concussions, contusions, or hemorrhages
- Skin abrasions from scrapes against surfaces
- Broken bones
Severe injuries at the swimming pool commonly include:
- Near drownings that starve the victim of oxygen, causing permanent brain damage
- Broken necks and spines from diving into shallow parts of the pool
- Severe head injuries from slipping of ladders or diving boards
A swimming pool can claim lives when:
- Someone drowns
- A person gets sucked into the drain or pump at the bottom of the pool
- Someone severely snaps their neck and dies shortly afterward
Were you or your loved one injured at a swimming pool?
You may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with the Law Office of Brian K Branch. Branch’s firm is a veteran personal injury law firm based in Albuquerque, New Mexico that’s been getting their clients results for over three decades. Connect with them today, and they can go over your legal options.
How do swimming pool injury lawsuits work?
If the injury happened at a private swimming pool, then you will need to sue the owner of the pool. If the injury took place at a public swimming pool, the process can be a bit more tedious because of the bureaucracy involved with suing a state entity. This is where an experienced lawyer comes in handy.
In general, the key is to prove negligence on the part of the person or company managing the pool. Courts have to decide whether or not the premises were reasonably maintained to be safe. For example, did they minimize danger by providing warning signs? If someone slips on a very slippery surface and hits their head, the courts will look at whether that surface was reasonably slippery or not, and whether there was a warning sign.
If there is a particularly dangerous spot in a pool with no warning signs and there’s a history of people being injured there, then it may be easier to prove negligence on the part of the pool owner.
Compensation can come in the form of:
- Medical expenses
- Punitive damages, pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death
Do you need help with a lawsuit against a swimming pool in New Mexico?
Call the Law Office of Brian K Branch today. They’ll let you know if you have a case and if you do, they can start the legal process right away.
The Law Office of Brian K Branch
715 Marquette Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
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