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Drownings

Drowning Accident Attorneys in Philadelphia

Helping Pennsylvania Clients Fight for Complete Compensation in Their Drowning Case

Backyard swimming pools are notoriously dangerous for babies, toddlers, and young children. If your child was injured or lost their life due to a backyard pool accident at another person’s premises, you have the right to pursue legal action. An experienced Philadelphia lawyer can help you through this traumatic time by ensuring that medical costs and other expenses are not incurred by you and your family when another party was responsible for the incident.

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U.S. Drowning Statistics

Tragically, an average of 3,500 people die from unintentional drowning accidents each year, not including boating accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One in five of these drowning deaths is a child under the age of 14, showing the disproportionate way in which children are killed by drowning. Even when drowning does not result in death, it often leads to serious, lifelong brain damage. For every child that dies of accidental drowning, five more are treated in emergency rooms for drowning injuries.

Pool Fence Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code for swimming pools requires the following fence laws for residential swimming pools:

  • The pool must be completely fenced in with a minimum height of four feet (48 inches);
  • The fence can enclose either the entire property or just the pool itself;
  • The fence cannot encourage climbing;
  • The gate must be self-latching as well as self-closing, built of sturdy material;
  • The latch itself has to be 54 inches off the ground, or a minimum of three inches below the top of the gate;
  • The gate opening can be no greater than 18 inches of the release mechanism;
  • Gate must swing away from the pool; and
  • Dwelling doors that open directly into the pool area must be equipped with an alarm that goes for at least 30 seconds when the door is open and be audible throughout the dwelling.

Other ways in which pool accidents can be mitigated include the following:

  • Adult supervision while children are swimming;
  • Having safety devices such as rescue floats and poles nearby and in good working condition;
  • Using non-slick walking surfaces;
  • Removing dangerous or distracting toys and obstacles from the pool and surrounding area;
  • Removing tripping hazards and keeping the pool area free from clutter;
  • Having a landline or cellphone nearby the pool in case of an emergency while children are swimming;
  • Adult owners and older children at the home should be CPR certified; and
  • If the pool owner failed to implicate these or other safety features for their backyard pool, they may be found liable for damages.

Notable Case Results

Always Pursing the Best Possible Outcome
  • Motorcycle Accident $35.1 Million
  • Truck Accident $10 Million
  • Bicycle Accident $4.8 Million
  • Truck Accident $4.3 Million
  • Truck Accident $3.3 Million
  • Car Accident $1.7 Million
  • Car Accident by Drunk Driver $1.4 Million
  • Premises Liability $1.3 Million
  • Assault by Club Employee $1 Million
  • Premises Liability $1 Million
In the Media

Throughout the years, our firm and our individual attorneys have been recognized in both local and national media for our extensive legal knowledge, experience, and record of success. Our attorneys frequently appear in the media to provide insight and information on various legal matters, including high-profile cases.

Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of Success
    We have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too Big
    Our firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized Representation

    We understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client. 

  • Uncompromising Passion
    Our competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic Approach
    Not only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the Community
    Our team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.
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Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.