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Distracted Lifeguard — No Better Than No Lifeguard

Vacations are for relaxation, not disaster. Yet a surprising number of hotels endanger their guests by failing to provide them with qualified supervision while they’re swimming. Hotel water emergencies are no joke; they can easily lead to catastrophic injuries and drowning. Yet, too often, they take place in the presence of lifeguards who are distracted and unable recognize the signs of a swimmer in distress. What hotel managers fail to realize is that hiring lifeguards who would rather flirt with sunbathers than protect swimmers is just as bad as not having lifeguards at all. Either scenario is a prescription for disaster.

I recently returned from a vacation at a five- star resort and was surprised to find that three of its four pools—all filled to capacity—either had distracted lifeguards or none at all. As a swimming pool and drowning accident attorney, I was even more astounded by the scene at this mega-resort of a swimming pool loaded with toddlers and young children playing on an unmonitored water slide.

Many People Who Use Resort Pools, Wave Pools and Water Slides Do Not Give a Second Thought to the Safety Of Such Facilities

They just assume they are safe. However, our office receives an ever-growing number of phone calls from victims—and their families—who sustained accidental catastrophic injuries or drowned while enjoying the pleasures of resort pools or water parks.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury and death. Sadly, the majority of drowning accidents involve children under the age of 14. A drowning can occur in less than a minute even in the shallowest of water if a safety protocol is not carefully followed.

All resort pools and water parks are manmade constructions intended to provide pleasure. Their owners and operators have a legal obligation to prevent accidents and drownings from happening by implementing reasonable safety measures. I am currently working on a case where four individuals were improperly guided into a poorly monitored water slide at a leading water park, and all ended up unconscious and badly injured as the result of a catastrophic accident that could have been easily prevented.

Contact a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney of The Reiff Law Firm for Your Swimming Pool Accident Case

The swimming pool and drowning accident attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm have been recognized by their peers as having the highest possible rating in both legal abilities and ethical standards. They are consistently recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and are members of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorneys. They have the knowledge, skill, and compassion to give victims of water-related accidents the support they need and deserve.

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