Pool Chemical Accident Lawyers
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Pools and spas are common getaways for Americans nationwide. Every day, chemicals are added to public and private pools to keep swimmers safe. The addition of pool chemicals is an important and necessary practice that ensures that pools and spas are free of any dangerous bacteria or parasites.
Although pool chemicals are necessary to prevent the growth of unsafe bacteria, these same pool chemicals can sometimes seriously burn or injure swimmers. When applied to water incorrectly or inconsistently, pool chemicals can have devastating consequences.
what is a pool chemical accident?
Pool chemicals are added to water in treated recreational water venues primarily to protect public health. These chemicals inactivate pathogens, optimize pH, and increase water clarity, which helps prevent drownings by enabling the detection of distressed swimmers underwater. Unfortunately, these same chemicals can cause injuries if mishandled.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2015 to 2017, pool chemicals caused approximately 13,508 injuries. At least 56.3% of these injuries occurred at private residences. Surprisingly, two thirds of these injuries occurred during the period from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Unfortunately, many pool chemical injuries are caused by improper handling or care. Pool chemicals should always come with instructions on how they are to be used in pools and spas; these instructions should always indicate the proper amount of pool chemicals for the volume of water present in the pool or spa. Notably, these instructions should be followed to a tee to avoid swimmer injury or accident.
There are a variety of ways by which swimmers and others who use pools and spas can be injured by pool chemicals. The most common ways include the following:
- Adding an improper amount of chemicals to the pool
- Adding too little chemicals to the pool or spa
- If chemicals are not stored properly
- Chemical-laden pool or spa water that is accidentally ingested
While the aforementioned ways are not the only ways that pool chemicals can injure swimmers, they are the most common. Adding an improper amount of chemicals to a pool can cause swimmers to sustain serious chemical burns that may leave the swimmer with permanent scarring. On the contrary, adding too little chemicals can leave dangerous bacteria or parasites in the pool, which can lead to serious illnesses; even storing chemicals improperly can cause respiratory injuries.
Ultimately, it is imperative that pool owners and workers handle pool chemicals with the utmost care and caution. Failing to properly handle pool chemicals can inflict serious injuries onto pool employees, owners, and swimmers alike. If you were hurt by pool chemicals and need an attorney, contact Zinda Law Group for knowledgeable advice and help today.
what injuries can pool chemicals cause?
Regardless of whether it is a public or private pool, keeping a swimming pool clean and properly maintained is important to limit swimmer exposure to recreational water illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recreational water illnesses are typically caused by bacteria and other germs that spread by swallowing, inhaling, or making skin contact with contaminated water. The most common recreational water illness is diarrhea, which can be caused by organisms such as E. coli, norovirus, and cryptosporidium, cases of which increased by over 200% from 2004 to 2008.
Because of the risks associated with dirty pool water, pool chemicals are a must. Chlorine and chlorine derivatives are the most common disinfectants used to treat swimming pools. Pool owners and maintenance teams must keep the chlorine concentration within a range that is high enough to effectively kill germs yet low enough to avoid injury to swimmers; failing to do so can have disastrous consequences.
According to chemical experts, pool chemicals most commonly cause the following injuries:
- Superficial, first-degree burns
- Partial thickness burns
- Full thickness burns
- Full or partial blindness
- Hair loss
- Lung damage
- Internal bleeding
- Bacterial infections
- Organ failure
- Organ damage
If improperly handled or used, pool chemicals can cause a variety of injuries, which can range in severity and permanency. Unfortunately, many chemical injuries can inflict lifelong hardship onto a victim’s health. If you or your loved one was injured by pool chemicals, you should contact a pool injury attorney as soon as possible; once hired, an accident lawyer will be able to help you assess your injuries and seek legal compensation for your losses.
HOW CAN POOL CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS BE PREVENTED?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pool chemical injuries in the United States leads to approximately 4,535 emergency department visits annually. Although injuries from pool chemicals are preventable, the number of serious injuries from these chemicals has not changed much in the last 15 years. The thousands of emergency department visits underscore the obvious need to raise awareness about pool chemical handling and safety.
Although safety starts with pool owners and operators, swimmers are just as responsible for their own safety. Pool owners and swimmers have to work together if the United States wants to see a decrease in pool chemical injuries. Thus, every person should adhere to the following safety tips when around pool chemicals:
- Read and follow directions on pool chemical product labels
- Wear safety equipment when handling
- Check product labels for directions on what safety gear to wear
- Keep pool chemicals out of reach of children, teens, and pets
- Never mix pool chemicals
- Complete swimmer and operator training courses
- Shower before entering the water
- Keep sweat and dirt out of the pool
Fortunately, safety experts claim that many chemical accidents are preventable if owners and swimmers choose to follow the appropriate safety guidelines when handling chemicals or swimming in treated water. Together, swimmers and operators can prevent many pool chemical accidents and injuries. If you or a loved one was injured by pool chemicals, you should contact a pool chemical attorney as soon as possible; a lawyer will be able to help you evaluate the standing of your claim.
do i have a claim IF I WAS INJURED BY POOL CHEMICALS?
If you or a loved one sustained injuries caused by pool chemicals, you may be entitled to legal compensation. In cases where careless pool chemical maintenance caused an accident leading to significant injuries or death, the injured party may be able to recover compensation from the one who was reckless. Most commonly, the pool owner can be held liable for any injuries that a plaintiff incurred on their property.
Swimming pool accident cases are commonly governed by the laws and theories of negligence. If a pool owner does not follow local standards for security or pool upkeep, they could be held liable for injuries resulting out of that negligence. You may be able to seek compensation from a negligent pool owner if you can satisfy the following four elements of traditional negligence legal theory:
1. The pool owner owed you a duty of reasonable care at the pool.
2. The pool owner breached that duty of care by careless action or inaction.
3. Your injury was a direct result of this breach.
4. You suffered damages from the injury.
Ultimately, pool owners have a duty to prevent swimmers from getting injured while on their property. While the particular negligence laws in your jurisdiction may be slightly different, many states operate under similar statutes; thus, if you can satisfy the previously mentioned four elements, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Although this process is seemingly straightforward, seeking compensation in a court of law is anything but, so if you were hurt by pool chemicals and need a lawyer, contact Zinda Law Group for guidance in advancing your case.
CALL ZINDA LAW GROUP’S POOL CHEMICAL LAWYERS FOR HELP
Pool chemicals are dangerous and pool chemical accidents can leave victims with serious injuries and substantial trauma, in some cases inflicting lifelong hardship into a victim’s life. Fortunately, many pool chemical accidents can be prevented by pool owners and swimmers alike. While the United States has seen a surge of pool chemical injuries nationwide, many can be avoided through teamwork and care.
If you were injured in a swimming pool chemical accident, you should contact a lawyer who handles accident and injury cases as soon as possible. An experienced attorney may be able to help you assess liability, allocate fault, and seek compensation accordingly.
At Zinda Law Group, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue the highest compensation possible. Zinda Law Group may be able to provide you with personalized and quality consultation about the specifics of your legal claim. Moreover, the sooner you contact our office, the better we may be able to serve you.
If you or a loved one was injured by pool chemicals, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.