Drowning Ranks Fifth

Swimming is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular summer activities.  Housing complexes and water parks around the area offer guests a convenient and entertaining way to cool down.  They can, however, pose many threats for injury.

Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States.  On average, ten people die per day due to unintentional drowning. These incidents are preventable if pool owners, parents and swimmers follow proper safety protocol.  

Any swimming pool that is open to the public must follow their state and local ordinances.  For example, a housing complex in Pennsylvania with a swimming pool that is open to the public and charges admission must have a lifeguard on duty.  If a lifeguard is absent and a swimmer would drown, the fault would ultimately fall on the property owner.  Aside from a drowning incident, if a swimmer were to have a medical emergency such as a heart attack while swimming, it would still be the fault of the property owner since they neglected to have a lifeguard on duty.  A lifeguard could have helped the individual in this type of situation. 

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As a patron of a public swimming pool, it is important to follow all rules as well.  Look for signage around the pool that may display certain rules for the pool that day.  Designate an adult to watch children when near or in water. Supervising adults should be attentive and close to the child at all times.

No matter how experienced a swimmer, one should never swim alone.  In the event of an accident or medical emergency, it is crucial to have someone with you to help.  Minutes or even seconds can help save someone’s life or prevent disabling conditions.

Recovering compensation after an injury

In these types of incidents, it can be challenging to prove which party is at fault.  Defense counsel and insurance companies can be quick to blame the injured party.  They may say the individual was intoxicated or engaging in disorderly conduct.  They may also say the victim ignored a lifeguard’s warning and at times even blame the parents of the victim for lack of supervision.  If you or someone you know experienced an injury or death in your family due to a neglected public pool, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Water Injuries Fact Sheet”



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