A quick look at the weather forecast shows that Phoenix is looking at triple-digit temperatures for as far as can be predicted. At this time of the year, the heat is something to be expected, though often lamented, by those who call the Valley of the Sun home and those who spend time working in or visiting the Phoenix area. With temperatures this hot, almost everyone is looking for a way to cool down.
For many, a swimming pool provides the ideal escape. A quick dip can help a person of any age cool down and survive the desert summer like little else can. And with the prevalence of backyard swimming pools in Phoenix, it is usually not hard to find such an escape.
But unfortunately, with the use of swimming pools comes a risk for swimming pool accidents or drownings that should not be ignored. Each year, several people in the Phoenix area lose their lives in pool incidents and many of those individuals are young children. Children do not possess the appreciation of water that is needed to remain safe and a pool often draws them in, leading kids to the water when adults are not present. This dangerous mix can cause a child to enter the water and be unable to exit, potentially causing harm or even death.
Tragically, police in Phoenix have confirmed that a child sustained critical injuries in a swimming pool accident on Saturday and that the incident is still under investigation. At this time, authorities have confirmed that the 2-year-old child was at a grandmother’s house when the grandmother lost track of the toddler. Officials believe that the 2-year-old was able to climb through a doggie door and enter the backyard where a pool was located before the child ended up in the water.
When the grandmother found the child in the pool, she called 911 and emergency crews took the child to an area hospital in critical condition.
The laws in Phoenix are designed to protect those who have been injured in swimming pool accidents and the families of those victims by letting them seek financial payment for their injuries. A recovery can provide payment for hospital bills, rehabilitative care, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of a normal life, and other damages that happen as a result of an incident in a pool. These claims are available to most victims but must be brought in accordance with the law and in a specified time period so it is important for victims to fully understand their rights.
If you, your child, or your loved one has been affected by a swimming pool accident or drowning, call the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us provide you with a free, no-obligation case consultation. We are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and when you call us, you will get to speak to a lawyer, regardless of the time of day.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we do not charge our clients a fee unless we make a recovery for them and we fight for the best possible outcome in every case we handle. If a pool accident has left you with questions, call us today and let our experience and our skill go to work for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
3 Car Crash Kills Child in Phoenix, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 10, 2015.
Toddler in critical condition after near drowning, Fox 10 Phoenix, published August 8, 2015.