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San Diego Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer

Representing Victims & Families of Southern California Pool Accidents

Swimming pools are part of our lives in Southern California, especially inland from the coast where the weather gets hot and residents don't have easy access to ocean breezes. Sadly, swimming pools can also be deadly.

Drowning and near-drowning incidents, as well as serious slip-and-fall accidents, happen all too frequently. Sometimes an accident at a swimming pool is just that: an accident. However, other times, the incident may have been preventable. In such cases, questions may be raised about the victim's or the family's legal right to seek financial compensation from the person or people responsible for the accident.

When You Need The McClellan Law Firm

We can help you recover compensation after you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident. Call The McClellan Law Firm at (619) 215-1488 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced San Diego swimming pool accident attorney.

Guidance You Can Trust After an Accident at the Pool

For many years, The McClellan Law Firm has been recognized as one of San Diego's leading personal injury law firms. Our team is led by an AV Preeminent-rated* trial attorney, Craig R. McClellan, who was the first San Diego personal injury lawyer to be admitted into the Inner Circle of Advocates.

This organization is an elite legal association of the top 100 personal injury lawyers in the United States. Our history and our past successes give us access to the necessary resources to investigate and litigate complicated personal injury and wrongful death cases, including drowning incidents at swimming pools, in hot tubs, and at public and private beaches.

We can help with all types of swimming, diving, pool safety & beach accidents:
  • Drowning or catastrophic injury due to unsafe pool drains
  • Slip-and-fall injuries caused by unsafe surfaces around pools or by lack of proper supervision
  • Drowning deaths due to lack of proper supervision or lack of safety and rescue equipment
  • Serious injury to a child due to lack of child safety alarms, pool covers or proper barriers around a pool
  • Drowning deaths caused by "boating while drunk" or other boating accidents
  • Swimming pool and diving board accidents that result in a major head trauma or spinal cord injury

Preventing Drowning Accidents

In 2010, 1,000+ children in the United States died from unintentional drowning, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More children aged 1-4 die from drowning than any other cause, except birth defects. What is particularly troubling about these incidents is that they are largely preventable.

The CDC offers the following four prevention tips to protect children from drowning:

  • Always be on the lookout.
    Supervision is perhaps the most important aspect of water safety. Caregivers should never leave children unattended while swimming or playing near the water, even children who know how to swim. Closely supervise children at all times and remain within reaching distance, even if a lifeguard is present. Avoid distractions that may take your attention from your child, such as cell phones, alcohol, reading, etc.

  • Get educated.
    Adults and children should learn to swim, particularly if they have a swimming pool or other water source on or near their property. Parents should also learn CPR so they can respond if an accident does occur.

  • Fence off pools.
    Parents and others who have pools or other water sources on their properties should take necessary steps to fence these areas off. Childproof fencing can help prevent children from accessing a pool in the first place, without adult supervision. Even when fences are installed, however, remember that children should still be supervised in case they find a way in or around the fence.

  • Insist on life jacket use.
    While on natural water sources, it is important to insist that children wear life jackets. Even if they know how to swim, life jackets can help prevent drowning in the event of a fall overboard or other accident.

Meet Our Team to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation

You can also talk to a San Diego personal injury lawyer about your legal options if your child was injured or killed in a water-related accident. In some cases, these can be traced to defective pool covers, drains, fences, or other products or to negligent supervision on the part of lifeguards or other caregivers.

By taking legal action against negligent parties, you can increase awareness of the danger of swimming pool accidents and can pursue financial compensation that may help you with medical expenses and other losses or injuries.

To find out how our team of attorneys and staff can help you protect your rights after a serious swimming pool accident, contact The McClellan Law Firm at (619) 215-1488 to make an appointment.

  • Endorced by the Inner Circle of Advocates

    Craig McClellan is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Best Lawyers in America 2020

    Craig McClellan has been selected to the list of The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1993.

  • The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury in the 2023 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Best Lawers "Best Law Firms" - Personal Injury Litigation Plaintifs Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury in the 2022 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" - Commercial Litigation Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Commercial Litigation in the 2022 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" - Product Liability Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Product Liability in the 2022 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Craig McClellan earned one of the top 10 medical malpractice settlements in California, securing a $9,000,000 settlement for a client.

  • Top 10 Settlements

    Craig McClellan & Conor Hulburt earned one of the top 10 premises liability settlements in California, securing a $3,175,850 settlement for a client.

  • Craig McClellan selected to Super Lawyers list, Top 10 San Diego Attorneys

    Craig McClellan has been selected to the list of Super Lawyers every year since 2007, and earned the most votes of ANY lawyer for 2019 in San Diego.

  • Craig McClellan was voted Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation by Best Lawyers for 2019.

  • 2020 AV Preeminent Peer Rated

    Attorney McClellan earned a Distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his achievements.

  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys

    Craig McClellan is listed as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Business Litigation, Personal Injury, and Product Liability.

  • Craig McClellan is rated 10.0 on Avvo - Top rated Personal Injury Lawyer

    Attorney McClellan has a 10/10 “Superb” rating, the highest rating an attorney can receive from Avvo.

  • BBB Accredited Business

    The firm has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, the highest possible rating offered by the organization.

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

    Attorney McClellan is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and previously served on its Board of Directors.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan was named as one of the “Best Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Times.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named as one of the “Best Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Times.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan named “Best Lawyers” by San Diego Metro.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named one of the “Best Lawyers” by San Diego Metro.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan named Top Lawyers in San Diego in Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named one of the Top Lawyers in San Diego in Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

  • Craig McClellan has been named among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, which honors the nation’s top advocates.

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