Houston Swimming Pool Accident Attorney

Drowning Accident Lawyer

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. Some of the causes of swimming pool drowning and near-drowning accidents are:

resort poolHotel, Apartment & Public Pools:

  • Poorly trained lifeguards
  • Too few or no lifeguards on duty
  • Defective drains resulting in suction drowning’s
  • No gate or fence
  • Diving board accidents
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Over-crowded pools
  • Poorly marked water depths

Private Pools:

  • Failure to supervise
  • Defective drains resulting in suction drowning’s
  • No gate or fence
  • Diving board accidents
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Over-crowded pools
  • Poorly marked water depths

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 hypoxia or oxygen deprivation. Hypoxia can cause severe and permanent brain damage.  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.  Furthermore, there have been some cases reported of children in wading pools being disemboweled by extreme suction after sitting on a defective drain cover. 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 drowning and near-drowning 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.