Our Des Moines Firm Litigates Swimming Pool Accident Claims
Advocating for children injured in drowning and diving accidents
Swimming pools provide recreation and exercise for families in Iowa. However, negligence can make a pool one of the most dangerous places, especially for children and teens. Most drowning deaths and diving accidents could have been prevented if pool owners had taken simple precautions.
The Hope Law Firm, PLC represents Des Moines families in wrongful death and personal injury claims. Our premises liability lawyers focus on cases involving children who have sustained pool, playground, camp and trampoline injuries caused by negligent design, poor supervision and other factors that put children in danger. We understand the heartbreak you feel when your child has needlessly suffered because of another person’s or a corporation’s negligence. We can help you obtain the maximum possible compensation on your child’s behalf. Our goal is twofold: to achieve justice in your case and to prevent the tragedy from happening to another Iowa family.
Accidental drowning prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 10 people die every day from accidental drowning. In fact, drowning is the fifth-leading type of fatal accident. Children between one and four years old are the most likely to drown. Factors that contribute to the high number of drownings include:
Public and residential pool owners can prevent drowning by addressing these factors.
Iowa laws governing pool safety
Iowa statutes mandate that all pools be enclosed by a fence at least four feet high made of material that cannot easily be climbed by toddlers and having no gaps through which small children could enter. The owner must be able to lock the pool gates and doors, which also must be self-latching.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act requires covers over all suction outlets. The law is designed to prevent pool suction ports from entrapping swimmers’ skin, hair and bathing suits, which can result in drowning. Children are at greatest risk because of their small bodies and tendency to play games in the pool.
Diving and waterslide accidents
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center claims that diving is the fifth-leading cause of spinal cord injury for women and the fourth for men. The fact that these accidents are mostly confined to the summer months highlights the prevalence of diving and waterslide injuries. A diver who hits the bottom of the pool may suffer permanent paralysis. Pool owners can prevent dive accidents by:
Design elements may also contribute to an increased risk of diving injury. For example, the diving board may be positioned in a deep area, but the diver may nonetheless land on an improperly sloping contour at the bottom of the pool.
Get help if your child has been injured in a pool accident
The Hope Law Firm, PLC helps Des Moines families recover on behalf of their children who have been injured in pool accidents. Help your child obtain compensation for injuries by calling 515.255.3559 or by contacting us online. Your case evaluation is complimentary. Under our contingency fee arrangement, you pay no lawyer fees unless we recover damages for you.