A seven year old Fort Worth boy recently drowned in an apartment swimming pool. According to a report by Fort Worth firefighters called to assist, the boy was playing outside his family’s apartment before getting into the swimming pool area. He was pulled from the swimming pool by Fort Worth firefighters, but he later died. This tragic outcome serves as a reminder that swimming pools are dangerous for children. There are many reasons why swimming pools result in injuries to children.
Common causes of Texas swimming pool accidents include:
- Inadequate pool maintenance;
- Improper, broken, inadequate or defective gates and fences;
- Defective swimming pool drains;
- Overcrowded swimming areas;
- Distracted or untrained lifeguards; or
- Improper pool decks.
Homeowners, hotel, motel and apartment owners must do everything possible to make sure that their swimming pools are properly secured and maintained to prevent serious personal injuries or even death from drowning. If you or a family member has suffered a serious personal injury or wrongful death in a swimming pool accident in Texas, you may be able to seek compensation for your injury or loss. A premises liability suit can be filed if the swimming pool owner or operator did not properly secure or maintain the condition of the pool or its surroundings. Homeowners, hotel, motel or apartment owners that fail to properly secure or maintain their pools can face serious legal liability, and may be liable for significant monetary damages if it is shown that their negligence resulted in a child’s injury or death. If a defective swimming pool drain entraps a swimmer or causes personal injuries, the victim or family of the victim (if the victim is deceased) may file a products liability lawsuit.
About the author: While my office is located in Fort Worth, I am admitted to practice in every state and federal court in Texas, and I am able to handle swimming pool injury, wrongful death and other personal injury cases in Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Houston, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, and across Texas. For a free evaluation of your legal matter, call me at 817.908.9861 or fill out the contact form.