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Swimming / Diving Accidents

Swimming / Diving Accidents

Every year many people are seriously injured or killed in swimming and diving accidents, or die as a result of drowning. These accidents may occur in backyard or public swimming pools as well as in rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. Regrettably, many of these accidents are preventable through better safety precautions, increased supervision or the use of appropriate warning signs.

At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. we have successfully represented several clients who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of swimming and diving accidents that have occurred in a wide variety of settings. Examples of our successful experiences include representation of a spinal cord injured high school swimmer who was injured as a result of negligence of high school swimming coaches; representation of a teenage boy who sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of negligence of homeowners in regard to their backyard swimming pool; the family of a young child who drowned at a lake due to inadequate lifeguard supervision; representation of a young man who sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of diving into a county owned swimming pool that failed to enforce mandated safety regulations.

Swimming pools are potentially very dangerous places, as the surfaces are often hard and slippery. Research has shown that a high percentage of sports related spinal cord and brain injuries are caused by diving into swimming pools, with most spinal cord injuries occurring in water depths of five feet or less. Diving into a swimming pool head first creates a serious risk of the head contacting the bottom of the pool, the side of the pool or other swimmers. Such contact may cause spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and even death.

Rivers, lakes and other large bodies of water also present hidden dangers. Rocks, stumps and other unseen objects may exist in unexpected areas below the water surface. These unforeseen hazards create a significant risk of serious injury to people diving into the water. The water depth itself may change throughout the course of the year or by changing tides. Further, currents and tides may be stronger than expected and overpower an inexperienced swimmer.

Preventable swimming and diving accidents may be caused by a wide variety of negligent actions. Negligence may occur on the part of the owner of a swimming pool, or public beach who has failed to post adequate warning signs or to provide well trained and adequate lifeguard supervision. There may also be manufacturing or design defects regarding the dimensions of a pool that contribute to a serious injury. Negligent supervision can arise through the actions of a swimming coach, teacher or a lifeguard. There may also be circumstances where the lifeguard is not present in a required situation or where lifeguards are inadequately trained or supervised at a public beach or pool.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a swimming or diving accident causing serious injury or death, competent legal representation is essential. At Rush, Hannula, Harkins, & Kyler, L.L.P., we have successfully represented several victims of serious injuries involving swimming and diving accidents. Let our experience work for you. Please contact us at 866-454-RHHK (7445) or click here to submit a free case review. Our initial consultation is free of charge and if we accept your case, we only get paid for our services if you receive monetary compensation.

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