Water can be a source of life, a place to have fun, or a means to get clean again after a hard day’s work. However, it can also be dangerous if safety is not practiced continuously. Pool injuries and drowning accidents, though usually preventable, are an all too common occurrence. Injury or death is likely when safety is not observed near pools. Safety means the difference between having a good time and putting yourself—or someone else—in harm’s way.
Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
Accidents are rarely expected and never wanted. They can lead to injury, death, and anguish. While it is important to be thankful that such tragedies are so rare, it is also appropriate to recognize the legitimacy of calls for more safety in and around pools. Looking specifically at the period of time from 2005 to 2014, the CDC has concluded that an average of more than 3,500 people die from drowning each year. It is estimated that ten people drown accidentally each day. Children aged five or younger account for approximately 76% of these deaths. Turning attention to injuries themselves, an average of 4,900 people visited the emergency department for injuries sustained either in a swimming pool or spa.
How Dangerous are Swimming Pools?
While the most obvious and most dangerous accident that can happen while swimming in a pool is drowning, there are several other possibilities to consider. Even with drowning, if it does not prove fatal, there are long-term health issues that may arise. For instance, brain damage is a major injury resulting from a drowning accident that most people may not regard. This can lead to debilitating states depending on several factors, such as time spent without proper oxygen and measures taken to resuscitate.
Slip-and-fall accidents are also common with pools when water comes into contact with the surface surrounding the pool itself. Concrete is the main material employed during installation of pools as it provides the most traction, even when wet. However, there are some pools which are instead paired with plastic or wood decks. These materials are less safe as the surfaces become slippery when dripped or splashed on. Accidents of this nature can result in lacerations, broken bones, or injuries to the spine or back.
Similarly, diving boards may present situations in which injuries may occur. A diving board accident may take on the same nature as a slip-and-fall accident, resulting in scrapes or back injury. They may also, however, pose more of a threat regarding spinal injuries and head trauma when a victim dives into the pool, colliding against the bottom surface with their skull. Diving boards should only be used by adults or children old enough to recognize the dangers such devices may present.
How to keep your children safe around swimming pools
Most accidents and deaths that occur within or around a swimming pool involve children—specifically those aged five and under. Children are mystified by water and do not always realize its depth; an inability to swim is perhaps the greatest factor in adolescent drowning fatalities. Facilities should be secured when not in use and adult supervision should utilized whenever a child is near a pool or other body of water. Gated fences are the best means to prevent children from entering a pool area unattended and it is best to remove toys or other enticing objects from this same area.
Fortunately, most accidents that involve a pool are avoidable. Safety should always be exercised when near water, but especially when near a pool due to the additional hazards nearby. Supervision, whether in the form of an official lifeguard or not, should always be available. This cannot be stressed enough. Referencing most drowning fatalities, it has been found that a majority occurred because a child was left unattended or wandered off without a parent or adult noticing.
It is also recommended that at least one adult per group has knowledge of CPR and can perform this procedure if the need arises. There are countless deaths that occur even when a victim has been rescued from the water because they cannot be properly resuscitated.
When you or a loved one are injured in or near a pool, it is best to consider what measures to follow next. The moments following an accident—and the days thereafter—can be disorienting and agonizing in more ways than one. Hiring an attorney can lessen the stress you may face and allow you to focus on what is most important—the health and well-being of the accident victim.
You may be eligible for compensation regarding one or more of the following:
- Physical pain
- Lost wages
- Diminished quality of life
- Medical bills
- Home healthcare
- Mental Anguish
If the accident is a result of the property owner’s negligence in any way, you are entitled to compensation. Determining liability can be a complex process—one best handled by someone who will advocate on your behalf, someone who has your best interest in mind.
The attorneys at Lemberg Law are knowledgeable and dedicated to help the everyday citizen, the hard-working family man or woman in their time of trouble. We know that you have faced a hardship and are prepared to help you receive the compensation you deserve so that the burdens this experience has placed on you may be mollified to an extent appropriate for the torment you have already faced. Don’t let the responsible party’s insurance take you for a ride and leave you with debts amassed as a direct result of the accident. Lemberg Law is here to help. Call 855-301-2100 for your case evaluation. It is free and there is no obligation to use our services after the review. Call today and see how our qualified attorneys can assist you.