Texas Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer
Houston Drowning Accident Attorney
Swimming pool drowning accidents have become increasingly more common in Texas. Between 2005 and 2007, an average of 70 children per year drowned in Texas. Between 2008 and 2011, this number rose alarmingly to an average of 94 children drowning per year according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a pool accident and you suspect negligence contributed, call a swimming pool accident lawyer for a free consultation today at: (713) 932-0777.
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents and Drownings
There are so many ways in which a person can get injured in and around swimming areas if safety precautions are not properly taken. Some of the causes of swimming pool drowning and near-drowning accidents are:
- Negligent lifeguarding
- Defective drains resulting in suction drownings
- No gate or fence creating an attractive nuisance
- Diving board accidents
- Slippery surfaces
- Over-crowded pools
- Poorly marked water depths
- Failure to supervise at private pools
- Lack of rescue equipment (life preservers etc)
With all of the potential for injury, it is critical that appropriate safety precautions be taken around pools.
Injuries From Swimming Pool Accidents
Drowning is obviously the extreme consequence of pool and spa negligence. But there are other severe and permanent injuries that can result as a result of near-drowning incidents. Near drowning victims may come up blue, foaming at the mouth with no heart beat. Resuscitation may restart breathing, but it does not mean the person is going to return to normal. When someone is held underwater too long the may suffer from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. In addition to this, severe mental and emotional trauma can result from any near-death experience resulting in nightmares, personality changes, anxiety and other outward manifestations of psychological injury. These effects may be long-lasting or even permanent requiring treatment,counseling and care.
Whether a particular drowning or near-drowning accident is the result of the pool owner’s negligence can be difficult for the family of the victim to determine. The pool operator will often tell his employees and lifeguards not to discuss the matter with anyone making getting answers impossible. If you find yourself in this tragic situation with unanswered questions, you need to speak to a swimming pool accident lawyer immediately.
Call Us For A Free Consultation
Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., for a free consultation today. Our swimming pool accident attorneys will investigate your case and help you get answers and closure. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., the initial consultation is always free and we charge no expenses or fees unless we make a recovery for you. Call (713) 932-0777 for more information.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.