Jimmy scuttled through the parking lot of a local posh hotel with his grandmother.
The hotel has several
swimming pools, both indoors and outdoors. That is why Grandma and her best pal are here.
Grandma heard that the hotel was selling summer swimming passes and she
jumped at the opportunity – boy was Jimmy surprised when he found
out he could swim every day of the summer if he wanted.
Grandma was proud of herself for acting quickly on the offer; she found
out that the season passes sold out in less than twenty-four hours. Her
enthusiasm and Jimmy’s jubilation did not last long.
The pool was overflowing with bathers. Not wanting to splash other people,
Jimmy decided to jump into the deep end. He was a good swimmer, so no
one knows what went wrong. Perhaps it does not matter; for whatever reason,
Jimmy sank beneath the water’s surface and could not reach the surface
again. No lifeguard was on duty, but an alert guest jumped into the water,
grabbed Jimmy’s body, and towed him to the pool’s edge.
The guest’s actions and attempts at reviving the young lad were for
naught. The paramedics could do no better. In Grandma’s one hand
lay the crumpled summer swimming pass, in the other was the lifeless hand
of the best five-year old child she had ever known.
While this story is fictional,
experienced Poughkeepsie swimming pool accident attorneys know that a quarter of the 1,000 plus children that die each year in swimming
pool accidents are under five years of age. Hundreds more people die each
year if you include accidents in or around spas and whirlpools. Short
of death, another five thousand people are injured in swimming accidents
Talk about statistics for this topic can go on all day. The bottom line is that
swimming pool owners owe a very serious duty to their guests. It is really the same duty that
all property owners have; they must not create a danger on the property;
the property must be inspected for dangers; and all dangers known about
or that which should have been known about must be repaired. If unable
to repair, visitors must be warned of the danger and or prevented from
accessing the dangerous area.
Unfortunately, these duties are not always taken seriously and children
get injured at bathing areas from things like missing lifeguards, poorly
trained lifeguards, lack of supervision, electrocution, and cracked and
broken walking surfaces, just to name a few.
If the negligence of a pool owner caused injury and/or death to a guest,
the victim could win a swimming pool accident case against the owner.
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