Accidental drowning has become more prevalent in the last few years; many due to pool electrocutions. Most people are not aware of the dangers that are hidden beneath swimming pools. Faulty grounding and bonding can cause deadly currents to disperse into all metal fixtures on a pool, including underwater lights, ladders, and handrails.
If someone is experiencing distress in a swimming pool and electrocution is suspected, it is important to not jump in after the victim or use a metal object, such as a pool skimmer, to try to rescue him or her. Jumping into an electro-charged pool puts others at risk of electrocution as well. If a drowning is not fatal, it can lead to serious long-term medical conditions. A loss of basic body functions due to nerve damage is common in swimming pool accidents. Brain injuries, along with memory and learning disabilities, are also frequent.
Pool Electrocutions Caused by Negligence
In 2013, a man in Houston attempted to rescue an 11-year old from a hotel pool, electrocuted himself in the process and was fatally injured. Investigators discovered that the pool contractor completed work on the pool lights without a current code permit. In Florida, several children received an electric shock and were hospitalized after grabbing a metal handrail to enter a pool. The pump room was found to have faulty grounding and bonding and projected the current into all the metal fixtures on the pool. There was another incident in Miami in which a young boy was fatally injured in a public pool due to a badly wired transformer connected to a light. The lamp equipment became corroded and released the voltage into the pool.
Most swimming pool electrocutions are caused by faulty bonding and grounding. Pool lights are not the hazard, but rather the electricity in the wiring running between the lights and metal accessories in the pool. There is a risk even during the daytime when pool lights are not turned on. A licensed electrician should be hired to replace pool lights after 20-30 years. Additionally, if a pool was built without permits, or before 1975, it is advisable to have an electrician bring it up to code to avoid potential safety risks.
Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Recover Compensation for Victims of Pool Electrocutions
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, you may have a valid premises liability claim. The dedicated team of Philadelphia premises liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today to arrange a free consultation at 215-569-8488 or contact us online.