Recovery for Spinal Cord and Head Injuries
Pools provide Florida residents and visitors with a refreshing reprieve from year-round heat and a fun source of recreation for both kids and adults. Unfortunately, children and adults often fail to recognize the dangers of diving in inaccurately or unmarked pool depths and from improperly installed diving boards.
Located in Miami, Brais Law Firm represents Florida residents and tourists in swimming pool, drowning and diving accidents. We have a strong record of six and seven figure recoveries in water-related claims and, in fact, the firm gained entry into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum (earned by less than 1% of all attorneys) resulting from a wrongful death by drowning at a Resort in the Bahamas. Additional water-related recoveries included: $1.1 Million (diving related personal injuries), $250,000 (diving accident) and $225,000 (Jet Ski injuries involving permanent scaring), *. See our Results page to learn more about our settlements and verdicts.
Diving Liability Claims
The depths of a pool should be clearly and accurately marked. From the edge, water distortion makes judging the actual depth difficult, and so pool guests rely upon signage.
Pool owners may be liable for installing a pool with an unsafe design, putting a diving platform in an inappropriate place, failing to accurately mark depths, and allowing unsafe diving practices.
The depth recommended for safe diving depends upon the shape of the pool and whether the dive is off the pool edge or a board. Many pools slope, so the posted depth may not reflect the depth closest to the pool’s edge. The speed of the dive accelerates and the diver travels further into the water when diving off a higher platform or board. A public facility, hotel or spa must take all of these factors into consideration when making safe dive areas.
Diving Injury Damages
Most diving injuries occur when the diver hits her or his head on the bottom of the pool. The impact may crush vertebrae in the diver’s neck or back, resulting in spinal cord damage. The amount of damage and which body areas are affected depend upon which vertebra is injured.
The diver might also sustain brain damage from a blow to the head or, if knocked unconscious or paralyzed from spinal cord damage, from oxygen deprivation associated with near drowning.
Hitting the bottom of a pool might also cause broken bones, soft tissue injuries, open wounds and infections. Depending on the injuries you or your loved one incurred, our Miami pool diving injury lawyers pursue damages for:
- Back or neck injuries
- Loss of mobility and muscle control
- Brain damage
- Bone fractures
- Scars and deformity
Recover Damages for Pool Diving Injuries by Working with a Miami Injury Lawyer
If your loved one was severely injured or died after diving into shallow water, Brais Law Firm can help you recover from the negligent pool proprietor. Call our Miami injury lawyers or contact us online to schedule your free claims evaluation.
Because we handle your premises liability claim on contingency, you do not owe us lawyers’ fees unless we recover damages on your behalf. Our firm litigates injury claims throughout the state of Florida from our main Miami office.