California Premises Liability Trial Lawyers
Swimming Pool Accidents and Drowning / Hot Tub and Jacuzzi Accident and Wrongful Death Attorneys
Drowning is the second leading cause of death among children under the age of 14 (only auto accidents kill more children in the United States.) And, each year, an average of 7,000 kids are injured in pools and recreational tubs. In many pool accidents and drowning accidents, negligent land owners can be held liable for injuries.
Because young children have disproportionately heavy heads and undeveloped muscles, they can find it difficult to raise their heads out of water they fall into head first - even if their feet are still on dry land. Toddlers and babies can drown in even very small amounts of water or suffer permanent brain damage quickly if their faces are submerged, In addition to swimming pools, children have also drowned in fish ponds, wading pools, toilets, beer coolers, and fountains. [California Swimming Pool Safety Act - Safety Requirements for Swimming Pool Owners]
California Pool Safety Laws and Regulations
California law requires most private land owners with swimming pools in their back yards to fence the area surrounding the pool and to have special childproof gates. California laws may also require backyard and exposed or open Jacuzzi, Whirlpool and and other types of hot tubs, or water features be fenced in, or otherwise protected against unsupervised access by children. Depending upon your local county or city ordinances, backyard pools may require five foot or higher fences protected with gates that have building and safety code certified safety latches. [Swimming Pool Laws, Codes and Regulations]
Public Swimming Pool Injury and Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
If you have been injured, or someone you love drowned in a swimming pool, hot tub or other type of accident involving water, it is important that you contact our attorneys as soon as possible.
Although there is a two year statute of limitations on most personal injury and wrongful death cases in California, lawsuits involving accidents in public swimming pools must be filed within six (6) months.
Free Consultation With Premises Liability Attorney
If you, or a loved one has been involved in a pool or hot tub accident, AlderLaw can help you get the financial compensation you deserve. Call our Beverly Hills, California office today at (310) 275-9131 to schedule a free initial consultation with a premises liability attorney.