Our Lancaster, PA Legal Team Helps Victims of Pool Accidents
Advocating for residents and visitors to our community
Swimming and playing in pools is a summer ritual in Lancaster. However, the negligence of pool owners or supervisors can quickly turn fun into tragedy. If you suffered an illness or injury at a residential, commercial or public pool, the personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Georgelis Law Firm, P.C. can help. We have a special “peace of mind guarantee.”
Drowning deaths and brain injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 10 people die in drowning accidents each day and that 20 percent of the victims are children. Children and adults who survive a near-drowning often suffer permanent brain damage because of prolonged lack of oxygen. Public facilities and homeowners can help prevent drownings by:
- Placing barriers around the pool — Under Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code, pools more than 24 inches deep must be enclosed by a fence or a screened enclosure equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Having adequate supervision — Under Pennsylvania law, a public pool must have at least one certified lifeguard for every 4,000 square feet of water.
- Limiting alcohol use near water — Intoxication is associated with many adult and adolescent drownings.
- Installing pool suction drain protection — The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, enacted by Congress in 2007, requires all public pools to replace suction drain covers with new anti-entrapment drains or covers.
A wrongful death suit cannot bring back a beloved child or family member after a tragic accident. It can, however, help with funeral costs and other expenses.
Defective pool and spa products
Pool manufacturers have a duty to make safe products and warn consumers of potential hazards. Inadequate drain covers or other safety hazards may be the responsibility of the product designer, manufacturer or installer.
Our lawyers trace the cause of your injuries to determine whether you have a valid product liability claim. When you lose someone, the entire community loses someone. As your local lawyers, we share in your grief and will work hard on your behalf, so you don’t have to worry about the details of a wrongful death claim.
Premises liability lawsuits against homeowners and public pools
Businesses, municipalities and homeowners have a duty to maintain safe conditions on their property and to warn their guests and customers of dangers. You may be entitled to compensation based on premises liability for such negligent actions as:
- A diving board placed above shallow water
- Incorrect depth markings
- Broken and missing ladders, especially in the deep end
- Slippery surfaces
- Too few lifeguards on duty
- No barriers to children entering without supervision
- Toxic chemicals used for cleaning pool
- Failure to clean pool or warn of contamination
- Inadequate warning signs
Recover for your or your child’s pool-related injuries
For more information about negligence associated with pool accidents, call Georgelis Law Firm, P.C. at 717-394-3004 or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our personal injury lawyers are available for appointments during evenings and weekends. We make home, hospital and rehabilitation center visits if you are not able to visit us at our law office. Free parking is available.