According to official estimates in the U.S., there are over 10 million swimming pools in the country. That includes over 350,000 public pools. Our fantastic summers in New York make swimming a popular past time for adults and children alike and residential swimming pools have grown in popularity with homeowners over the years. In fact, there are few things more relaxing than a weekend spent around a swimming pool.
However, as fun as a pool may be, serious hazards can occur, particularly for youngsters. In the U.S., drowning has been reported as the second-leading cause of fatalities among youngsters under the age of 15 and as many as 3 children a day lose their lives. Even if a death doesn’t take place, near-drowning incidents can leave victims with severe injuries that change their lives forever.
According to further reports, more than 1,000 children succumb to swimming injuries and nearly 5,000 have to be hospitalized every year. Furthermore, whirlpools and spas tend to claim the lives of 200 children annually. But, injuries from swimming are not just experienced by kids. Adults can also be victims, particularly if they have been drinking alcohol.
If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of a swimming pool accident, one of the experienced personal injury lawyers at Dansker&Aspromonte can help you seek claims for your suffering.
Over our 35 years of practice we have seen severe injuries happen because of malfunctioning or faulty swimming pool equipment. Other instances of swimming pool injuries include:
There are a broad range of instances where swimming accidents can occur, such as:
Accidents can occur for many reasons, including:
A lot of accidents occur due to diving injuries. In such cases, people injure their head or spinal cord. Typically, this is a result of diving into a shallow body of water or diving from a diving board. It is important the divers and swimmers check the area before they dive and make sure that there is enough depth to dive and that there is no debris in the water.
Injuries that are incurred near or in the water can be avoided when proper care is taken, including:
Typically, beach drownings are the result of undertows. Undertows are dangerous and unpredictable and occur when the water rapidly reverses flow down the beach and is then pushed sideways by the incoming waves. In turn, the water runs along the shore until it can find an outlet. People who get caught in the undertow usually panic and this results in tragic drownings.
If you’re looking forward to a beach vacation, make sure adhere to the following rules:
In some instances, you may do everything possible to stay safe and still incur an accident. If you have been injured when swimming, our experienced team can help you seek compensation for your injuries. If a third party is responsible for your accident, we will not charge you any fees until we win or settle your case. Contact us for your consultation today.