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Nevada Water Park and Swimming Pool Accidents and Drownings in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Nevada Water Park & Swimming Pool Accidents and Drownings

Nevada offers a wide variety of attractions for tourists from around the world, visitors traveling within the state and even locals. While these attractions offer adventure, in some situations, water parks, theme parks and swimming pool areas also can put visitors at risk, such as when a visitor hurts his or her back when slipping or falling or when a ride malfunctions. Some of our local destination resorts are world famous, and include a variety of roller coasters for thrill seekers. A new water park just opened, which will be attractive for locals and visitors alike.

Poolside and other swimming related accidents are the second leading cause of death of children under 14 years of age in the United States. From drowning to accidents involving poolside apparatuses such as diving boards, slides or maintenance equipment, the pool can be a dangerous place. Swimming pools are so dangerous in fact, that 300 children under age 5 die and 2,000 more children under age 5 visit hospital emergency rooms for underwater submersion injuries every year. A child can drown in just several inches of water.

Swimming pool owners, like all property owners, are responsible for accidents that occur on their premises. If a hot tub is left uncovered at a residence or hotel, it presents a danger to toddlers or any other children who might reasonably be expected in the area. Property owners are responsible for providing reasonable and effective barriers to property features that can be considered and attractive nuisance.

Where do such Drowning Accidents Occur?

Our Nevada personal injury law firm of Albright Stoddard handles various forms of recreational accidents, including the following:

  • Water park accidents
  • Theme park/amusement park accidents
  • Swimming pool injuries
  • Hotel injuries
  • Resort accidents
  • Other Nevada tourist accidents

Clark County statistics of drownings and related data over the last ten years show that in 2009:

  • The number of fatal drownings was more than double the total recorded just five years earlier.
  • 77% of them happened in residential pools.
  • 90% of the fatal drownings involved children less than five years of age.

Accidents at many of these locations can result from a wide variety of causes, such as an elevator accidents or assault injury at a hotel, a slip and fall on a neighbor’s deck or near a pool area, an accidental drowning in a residential pool, water park, hotel pool or resort, and many other accidents. We pursue accountability for hotel negligence, water park negligence, homeowner negligence and other property owner negligence in these various types of premises liability cases.

Helping Drowning Victims in Las Vegas, Nevada

There are few more terrible and deadly accidents than those that involve water. Drowning accidents can occur in private pools, hotel pools, motels, parks, water parks, and other locations when supervision fails in their duty, or when faulty gates, drains or other hazards endanger a swimmer or a child who has entered an area that should have been restricted. When the victim does survive, their lives are often changed forever, as underwater accidents frequently result in brain damage due to the lack of oxygen suffered in the incident. Many of these accidents are the result of negligence and when this is the case, it is necessary to seek a Nevada drowning attorney to address the legal matters of the claim or lawsuit.

Helping Swimming Pool Accident & Drowning Victims Take Legal Action in Nevada Courts

Seeking compensation after a tragic drowning accident requires the skill of a personal injury lawyer with extensive experience in filing a lawsuit or claim against the individual or entity that did not uphold their duty whether in maintenance, supervision or other aspect of the case. Sadly, a high percentage of these heartbreaking cases involve young children, and parents and families suffer unimaginable grief when they have lost a loved one or their child suffers permanent injury.

We can assist the families or the injured individual in the legal process in all types of drowning cases, including near drowning, pool accidents, beach accidents at Lake Mead of the Colorado River, child drowning accidents, water park or hotel drowning, apartment pool drowning. Mark Albright even worked as a certified life guard at a hotel on the strip for college. We can assist with any cases of drowning in natural water bodies, commercial pools and residential pools, drowning accidents that involve a defective or broken pool gate or fence, swimming pool drain accidents, such as entrapment, pool operator negligence, negligent life guards, boating accidents, and spa or hot tub accident cases.

Personal Injury Cases in Las Vegas, Nevada

Each case is carefully prepared and our legal team is fully committed to seeking maximum compensation for our clients. Tragic accidents that are the result of negligence through breach of duty or negligence with regard to protecting visitors and guests demand justice. We help families in seeking justice through civil actions and are relentless and determined throughout the process. We know how important these cases are to the families and to the injured victims; we approach the case with your best interests and future as our only focus. Committed, honest and aggressive in court: contact our firm for top quality legal representation.

Consult with a Las Vegas Drowning Attorney

When the summer begins and the temperatures rise, thousands of swimmers head for Lake Mead or the closest pool. However, with the dangers that swimming pools present, your neighbor’s backyard can easily become a dangerous area. During the hot summer hours in our desert climate, residents and tourists enjoy and take advantage of public and private swimming pools without paying any attention to the obvious dangers a pool can present. The same applies to our beautiful Lake Mead National Park, nearby Colorado River and new Water Park. Our Las Vegas law firm is here to help you recover lost damages after an accident has occurred on another person’s property, such as a public pool, in which a breach of duty or a negligent act has occurred. If your child was injured on another individual’s property, you may be able to help prove that negligence caused the accident with the help of a Nevada personal injury drowning attorney.

If you have lost a child or other loved one due to a drowning accident, do not wait another minute longer to call our attorneys at Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright. We have dedicated our careers to helping families just like yours get back on their feet after an accident has traumatically altered their life. We understand that no amount of money will ever bring back your loved one, but we are committed to ensuring that justice is sought and the negligent party is held responsible. To learn more about our firm and how we are ready to help you fight to protect your right to a fair settlement, call a Nevada drowning accident lawyer at our office today.

Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents in Southern Nevada

Swimming pools are wonderful in the hot summer of Las Vegas, Nevada. Our climate in the Mohave Desert is one of the hottest and driest in the United States. However, during the hot summer months, serious injuries can occur if commercial or residential pools are not operated, secured, or maintained properly. These may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death as a result of drowning.

Common causes of Southern Nevada swimming pool accidents include the following, particularly in our current foreclosure crisis:

  • Murky pool water
  • Improper pool maintenance
  • Improper or defective gates, fences and exit doors
  • Overcrowded swimming facilities
  • Distracted or undertrained lifeguards
  • Defective swimming pool drains
  • Inadequately marked shallow or deep ends
  • Slick pool decks

Swimming pool injuries may also be caused by these additional factors:

  • Diving board accidents, including broken neck injuries
  • Lack of supervision
  • Failure to cover pools or hot tubs
  • Inadequate fencing
  • Inadequate warning signs
  • Drains or other hazards
  • Water too shallow
  • No lifeguards
  • Improperly trained lifeguards

If you or your loved one has suffered a serious personal injury or wrongful death in a swimming pool accident in Southern Nevada, you may be able to seek compensation for your injury or loss while holding any/all wrongdoers accountable. A premises liability lawsuit can be filed if the swimming pool operator did not follow regulations for securing or maintaining the condition of the pool or its surroundings. If a defective swimming pool drain entraps a swimmer or causes disembowelment, the victim or family of the victim may file a products liability lawsuit.

As you can see, there are a number of circumstances that may lead to serious injury or even death in a swimming pool accident. That is why it important to discuss your potential case with a lawyer who can determine if someone else’s negligence caused your pool-related injury or the wrongful death of a loved one.

Pool Safety Tips

The following is a list of swimming safety tips geared toward preventing serious swimming related injuries or deaths:

  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows how to swim.
  • Ensure that children and adults that enter the pool are knowledgeable about pool safety.
  • Don’t let children enter a body of water, such as a river, lake, ocean pool, or pool area unless a responsible adult accompanies them.
  • Make sure adults supervise their own children that are swimming.
  • Do not swim while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Enforce strict pool rules.
  • Install the correct pool safety measures, such as a tall lockable fence or a sturdy pool cover.
  • Make sure broken drain covers are replaced, and install a safety vacuum release systems (SVRS), which can detect blockage of the drain and automatically shut off.

Las Vegas Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer

Southern Nevada offers hundreds of pool and spa facilities available to children and families. Las Vegas has a high percentage of residential homes with pools in the rear yard. We also enjoy a large water theme park. Almost every hotel and motel offers its guests a swimming pool. Unfortunately, too often pool safety regulations are not conscientiously followed and swimming pool injuries and wrongful deaths due occur on commercial and residential properties. If you or a loved one has been involved in a catastrophic swimming pool injury contact an attorney at Albright Stoddard as soon as possible. Our attorneys will use full resources, including expert witness, to seek justice and prevent this kind of accident from occurring in the future.

Call Albright Stoddard for a Free Consultation

If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in a swimming pool or other water related accident, you may be able to file a premises liability claim or lawsuit for damages against the pool owner for negligence. Premises liability law is complex, which is why it is important that you retain the services of a knowledgeable and experienced Nevada personal injury lawyer that knows how to represent clients with swimming pool injuries or in wrongful death drowning cases. Evidence can be lost by delays. Call our attorneys at Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright today at 702-384-7111 for a free case evaluation, or email us at

Mark Albright was selected in 2014 as one of the “10 Best” Personal Injury
Attorneys for the State of Nevada by the American Institute of Personal Injury
Attorneys (AIOPIA). The AIOPIA is an impartial third-party Attorney rating
service recognizing excellence of fellow practitioners in the field of Personal
Injury law.

About the Authors: The law firm of Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright is an A-V Rated Nevada-based full-service law firm having attorneys licensed in Nevada, California and Utah. The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys named Mark Albright as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in Nevada in 2014. Our firm’s practice includes a strong emphasis on personal injury accidents. Call us at 702-384-7111.

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