Albuquerque Swimming Pool Accidents
Diligent Attorneys Representing Swimming Pool Accident Victims in Albuquerque
New Mexico residents often visit swimming pools as a way to unwind and have fun with their families, but swimming pools are not without their risks. Albuquerque premises liability lawyers at Parnall Law Firm represent severely injured victims of swimming pool accidents. Since 1997, we have helped our clients pursue claims against negligent property owners. Our attorneys offer seasoned and tenacious representation to get you the compensation you need for your injuries.
Swimming Pool Dangers
A swimming pool can pose a danger to anyone in or around its perimeter. Drowning is the first danger that comes to mind in a swimming pool accident and for good reason. Drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. One out of five drowning accident victims is younger than age 14.
Swimming pools are also dangerous if they have defective conditions or are improperly staffed. Slippery concrete, an uneven deck, and defective drains can cause significant injury. A poorly trained lifeguard can also make the difference between life and death in some cases.
Injuries from a swimming pool accident are often devastating. A slip and fall can cause head trauma or fractures. Near-drowning accidents may lead to brain damage and long-term disabilities. Defective equipment, such as pool drains, can damage internal organs. In some cases, a swimming pool accident can be fatal.
Hold Negligent Property Owners Accountable
Careless behavior is often at the root of swimming pool accidents. You can hold a property owner liable for your injuries if you can prove this through a negligence claim.
Negligence is when a person or entity has a duty to exercise reasonable care, breaches the duty of care, and causes injuries and damages as a result. All New Mexico property owners must exercise care in the maintenance of their property. This includes a duty to protect those lawfully on their premises from dangerous or potentially dangerous conditions. If a property owner breaches this duty of care, it may be liable for injuries caused by the breach.
The degree of care a property owner must exercise will depend on how the law categorizes the visitor. Commercial and social guests are owed a higher duty of care than trespassers.
However, if the trespasser is a child, the property owner may be liable under the attractive nuisance doctrine. This applies when the property owner knows or should reasonably know that an artificial condition on the property will attract children, the condition causes an injury to a child, and the injured child is too young to understand the danger of the condition.
You may recover damages for your or your child’s swimming pool accident injury if you succeed in a negligence lawsuit. Recoverable compensation could include reimbursement for any medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
Tragically, swimming pool accidents also can be fatal. You can seek damages for the death of a loved one by filing a wrongful death claim. New Mexico sets a three-year time limit on personal injury claims. If you do not file in time, you could lose your right to compensation.
Albuquerque Lawyers Protecting The Rights of Victims
The Albuquerque swimming pool accident attorneys at Parnall Law Firm are dedicated to providing swimming pool accident victims with the legal representation they need to get compensation for their harm. Bert Parnall and the team of dedicated litigators at our firm will work tirelessly to hold the negligent parties that hurt you accountable for their actions. We offer each person whom we represent exceptional client service and solutions specific to their case. Call us today at 505-268-6500 to schedule a free initial consultation, or you can fill out our online form.