You can get electrocuted by a pool light in a swimming pool. It can cause serious injury and even death. An experienced electrocution lawyer can help victims and families recover the pain and suffering compensation or wrongful death damages they are entitled to under the law.
How can you get electrocuted by a pool light?
You can get electrocuted by a pool light where faulty wiring or defective lighting equipment causes an electrical current to be released into the water and you come into contact with the electrified water.
What happens when you get electrocuted by a pool light?
The result could be death or serious injuries. It is possible that a person could die instantly or an electrocution in water could occur where the electrical current paralyzes a person and causes him or her to drown.
Can you recover pain and suffering compensation?
You may be able to recover pain and suffering compensation from any responsible party if you or a loved one suffered an electric shock injury.
Can wrongful death damages be recovered?
When a family member or loved one loses his or her life after getting electrocuted by a pool light, your family may be able to recover wrongful death damages from any responsible party for your loved one’s pain and suffering, for your family’s loss of society and companionship and for funeral expenses.
Who are the responsible parties if you get electrocuted by a pool light?
There may be several responsible parties such the pool owner or maintenance company whom you would sue in a lawsuit for pain and suffering compensation, economic damages or for wrongful death damages.
Parties that could potentially be responsible if you or a loved one is injured or loses their life will depend on where the pool is located, who owns it and who is responsible for installing, maintaining its electrical equipment and wiring.
These parties may include:
- The owner of a hotel pool
- The owner of an apartment complex pool
- The owner of a community pool
- The owner of a health club pool
- The owner of school pool
- The owner of a backyard pool
- The owner of an enclosed pool at someone’s home
- The business that is responsible for maintenance of the pool
- The business that installed the pool’s electrical equipment
- The manufacturer of the pool’s electrical equipment
- The business that inspected and determined the pool was up to code
- The electrician and/or electrical company and/or licensed electrical contractor who performed the electrical work on the pool
What compensation is available?
The compensation that you may be able to recover in claims for pain and suffering and/or wrongful death will depend on: (1) the injuries that were suffered; (2) whether a family member or loved one was killed; (3) present and future medical needs; (4) disability from working; (5) pre-electrocution income; and (6) the experience, track record and reputation of your electrocution lawyer.
Your choice of lawyer can have a significant influence on the amount of compensation you are able to recover. Insurance companies keep track and know which lawyers go to trial and win – and which ones avoid the courtroom and “settle cases short.”
Attorneys who are known for going to trial can settle cases for more money and often much faster.
You can get electrocuted by a pool light as a result of: (1) faulty electrical wiring; (2) broken lighting equipment; (3) negligently maintained lighting equipment; (4) defective lighting equipment; (5) lack of GFCI protections (Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters); (6) lighting equipment that does not comply with applicable city and state safety codes including the National Electric Code.
Watch for the following danger signs while swimming in a lit pool: (1) a tingling sensation, muscle cramps and/or the inability to move when you are near a light; (2) swimmers are panicked and quickly moving away from the area of a pool light; and (3) pool lights flicker or work intermittently.
How to help when someone gets electrocuted by a pool light
Here are the safety steps you can take:
- DO NOT ENTER THE WATER to help someone who is in distress
- Immediately turn off/cut off all electrical power to the pool light and surrounding area
- Extend a carbon fiber rod (such as a fiberglass Shepherd’s crook/rescue hook – which are not conductors of electricity) to the person in the water to grab onto or loop the person’s body and pull them (face up) to safety
- Exit the water but DO NOT USE A METAL LADDER OR ANYTHING THAT MAY CONDUCT ELECTRICITY
Get help from an experienced electrocution lawyer
If you or someone you love is a victim of serious personal injury or death caused by electricity, you can call and speak with Jeff Feldman, perhaps the nation’s most experienced electrocution attorney. Jeff has litigated cases involving low hanging power lines and against utility companies in states throughout the country. You can call toll free at (800) 548-0043 for a free consultation.