In the US, the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death is drowning. Unfortunately, around 3,000 deaths take place each year across the nation due to drowning with children ages 1 to 4 being the most affected. When looking at children ages 1 to 14, drowning is considered the second leading cause of death. Parents are protective of their children and will keep a sharp eye out when at the swimming pool. However, despite vigilance, drownings still occur.
If you or someone you know as suffered a loss due to a swimming pool accident or drowning, it is a devastating occurrence. There are no words that can be used to help you feel less pain or sorrow due to the loss of a loved one. At Cueria Law Firm, we can help New Orleans residents by providing legal action. If someone was responsible for the incident due to negligence or their actions, you may have a case. Let our attorneys hear your story and help in any way we can.
Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act
Passed in 2007, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act is a law that applies to the nation regarding pool and spa safety. The law requires that owns of swimming pools maintain basic safety to protect others. Drain covers must be installed to protect anyone from being caught under water.
Legal action can be taken based on other laws and regulations including product liability, premises liability or attractive nuisance law. With product liability, a defective pool gate, safety gear or another component can be cause for compensation due to drowning death. With premises liability, the manager or owner of a property must keep the swimming pool area safe and secure. In regards to attractive nuisance, a property owner is liable if their land has an ungated pool, as children can be attracted to the area and become injured or drown.
If you or a family member have lost a loved one due to drowning, we are here to help. Let our Louisiana attorneys provide a consultation to review your case. If you have a compensation claim, we will help build your case with solid evidence and facts to receive just compensation for your loss. Negligent behavior and irresponsible acts of others should result in being held accountable for your loss.