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Swimming pools can be fun, but they can also be dangerous. This is especially true for young children who may not yet be capable of keeping themselves above water and who can become lost and trapped in crowded pools. If you are suffering from serious injury due to a near-drowning accident, or if your child or another member of your family has been tragically injured or killed, we can help. We encourage you to speak with an experienced pool drowning lawyer right away.
Our Firm is Responsible for Lifeguards Being Assigned to Cruise Ship Pools
It may seem hard to believe, but even as recently as a couple of years ago, cruise ships did not hire lifeguards to watch over their pools. Adults and children were left to swim at their own risk, and overcrowding and lack of supervision were both major issues. Not surprisingly, this led to a catastrophic string of children who drowned and/or nearly drowned in cruise ship pools. We were honored to successfully represent roughly half a dozen families who were injured or harmed because of the absence of lifeguards. We were frequent, vocal critics of the cruise lines failure to have lifeguards and made it our mission to raise public awareness of this troubling fact.
As a result of our success in these cases and our vocal media efforts, both Royal Caribbean and NCL placed lifeguards on their cruise ships pools. Remarkably, Carnival Cruise Lines has still chosen to NOT use lifeguards on its ships.
For this reason, accidents and tragedies will still happen, and we will continue to fight and raise awareness of this danger by continuing to represent clients in cruise ship pool drowning accidents in Florida, across the country and worldwide.
We Handle Pool Drowning Cases Throughout Florida
In addition to pool and scuba diving drownings on cruise ships, we also represent clients in pool drowning cases on land throughout Florida. This includes cases involving:
- Amusement park and waterpark pools
- Neighborhood, community and condominium pools
- Hotel and motel pools
- Private pools
- Public pools
In addition to overcrowding and lack of supervision, there are numerous other issues that can create dangerous circumstances and lead to drowning accidents in swimming pools as well. We represent individuals and families who are suffering due to issues including (but not limited to):
- Dangerous pool drains
- Dangerous pool chemicals
- Diving board, slide and ladder defects
- Inadequate signage
- No lifeguard on duty
- No or inadequate access to life-saving equipment
- No or inadequate fencing, latches or locks
- Poorly trained or unqualified lifeguards
- Shallow water
- Slippery walking surfaces surrounding pools
Regardless of the specific circumstances involved, if you or a member of your family were involved in a pool drowning accident, you deserve to have your questions answered, and you deserve to collect just compensation. A pool drowning lawyer can help, and we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation.
Seeking Compensation After A Pool Drowning Accident With An Experienced Attorney
Whether a pool is located in a backyard, a public recreation center, a school campus, or even on a cruise vessel, the owner or custodian of that pool has a duty of care to whomever swims in it. That means adult supervision for private pools and trained lifeguards for any pool that has public access.
Swimming pool activities can be highly enjoyable but are extremely dangerous when not facilitated by experienced lifeguards, and unfortunately, you or a loved one may be the victim of this negligent attitude towards water safety.
In the event of an accident in a swimming pool, the victim and/or the victim’s surviving family may be entitled to compensation for a range of things, including the pain and suffering that the victim endured, the tragic loss of a loved one, the loss of financial support from said loved one, and much more. While no amount of money can undo a drowning accident, we are here to help you recover the financial means necessary so that you can focus on physical and emotional recovery without taking on the additional burden of financial issues caused by a pool owner.
When working with a drowning accident attorney, the basis of your claim will focus on the economic damages of the case, which are the measurable financial impacts that this accident has on your life. They include things like medical bills and all injury-related costs, but they also seek compensation for impacts to earnings. If you are the victim and your accident has had an impact on your personal income, we will include these impacts. If you have lost a loved one in the accident, then we will work to calculate the financial impact that this loss of support will have, and will focus our economic damages on these impacts. There are many other economic impacts, as well, each of which focuses on specific and measurable effects that this accident has on your life.
Non-economic damages make up the other half of your case, and they seek compensation for impacts that do not have measurable dollar values associated with them. They include things like pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional suffering, fear, anxiety, or trauma — among many other “intangible” impacts of such a horrifying accident. Since these damages are more complicated to assign a real dollar value to, the process of negotiating a final settlement for these damages can be equally complicated. With the support of an experienced attorney, you can focus on recovery while they handle negotiations for you.
Request a Free Drowning Accident Consultation Today
To speak with a scuba accident lawyer or pool drowning lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. about your legal rights, contact us now to schedule an appointment in-person or over the phone. You can reach us 24/7 at 877-233-1238, or tell us how you would like to be contacted and we will respond right away.