Riverside & San Bernardino Pool Accidents Attorneys
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
. This all-too-often occurrence can happen to anyone, including yourself, your family, or your loved ones, and should the unthinkable happen to you on a hot, sunny day beside the pool, you should consider contacting an attorney who is experienced in handling swimming pool drownings and accidents immediately.
If you or a loved one suffers a swimming pool accident or drowning, you should do the following as soon as possible:
1. Preserve the evidence –
this means taking pictures of the area and any equipment that contributed to the accident from different angles, writing down the contact information and addresses of any and all potential witnesses, and storing any defective products in a safe and secure place. (If the product is in the possession of someone else, your lawyer might be able to help by filing for a temporary restraining order as well as a preliminary injunction to prevent the product from being destroyed. 2. Make documentation of the event and the injuries –
as soon as possible after the accident, make documentation of the events that led up to as well as the actual event of the accident, obtain police reports pertaining to the accident, acquire hospital reports, and keep notes of all conversations that occur between any witnesses, the police, emergency medical personnel, and hospital doctors. 3. Keep records –
this includes medical appointments, medications, time lost from work, pain experienced, any physical limitations, and all expenses. 4. Take photographs –
if possible, take photographs of any external injuries.
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. In the face of a swimming pool drowning, a grieving family has little will to fight a legal battle, and such a battle should be left to an experienced lawyer.
It is also important to note that you should not talk to an insurance company without first consulting with your lawyer. Insurance companies have teams designed strictly to limit your financial compensation, and without an attorney's counsel or without an attorney being present, they can and will succeed in this.
There are three types of responsibility for an swimming pool accident or drowing:
1. Premises Liability –
this means that the owner of the pool is responsible for whatever reason, such as negligence in the upkeep or safety measures of their pool. 2. Negligence –
this occurs when a person fails to do what a reasonable person would have done under similar circumstances. 3. Products Liability –
The manufacturer of the swimming pool or equipment is held liable; this type of liability is not based upon another person's negligence.
If you or a loved one suffers a swimming pool accident or a swimming pool drowning, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to make sure you are fully compensated within your legal rights.