One of the benefits of living in the Sunshine State is being able to enjoy the great weather for so much of the year. One of the activities that children and adults in Florida enjoy is swimming. Many times, people swim at public pools where a trained lifeguard is on duty. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a swimming accident due to lifeguard negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami injury attorneys have the experience and determination to handle your case.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately six people drown in the United States each day. Many of these drowning accidents occur at public pool facilities with certified professional lifeguards. The CDC also found that drowning was the fourth-leading cause of accidental death in the country, and one-third of drowning victims are under the age of 14.
Lifeguards are supposed to receive their qualifications through the American Red Cross or another qualified entity. They must keep up to date with their training and certifications to be able to recognize and respond to signs of struggle immediately. When a lifeguard fails to meet a legal duty or obligation and ends up causing an injury or death to a swimmer, that lifeguard will likely be found negligent. Negligence takes place when a lifeguard causes harm by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent lifeguard would have used under the same or similar circumstances.
Lifeguard negligence can be difficult to establish, since it is not always obvious. In some cases, it involves poor judgment, a delayed reaction, or only keeping an eye on one area of the pool for swimmers in distress. A person can drown in an instant, so an attentive lifeguard is necessary at all times.
The company providing the service may also be held accountable for any injuries resulting from the drowning accident. For example, a public swimming pool facility may be negligent for hiring an unqualified lifeguard. Alternatively, a facility may be negligent if it fails to hire the appropriate number of lifeguards for the size of the pool or pools, for the number of people who typically attend the pool, or for the number of high-risk areas (such as diving boards).
When a lifeguard fails to do his or her job properly, the swimmer can experience near-drowning and suffer a variety of serious health consequences, including brain hypoxia, brain ischemia, paralysis, a coma, broken bones, or a central nervous system infection. In the most severe cases, a lifeguard’s negligence can even result in a swimmer’s death.
While most of the time, people enjoy swimming without incident, the reality is that accidents do happen. If you or your loved one was injured due to a lifeguard’s negligence, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami swimming pool accident lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have the experience and dedication to handle your claim. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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