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.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
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:
- Children getting trapped in drains and incurring injuries to their bowels and other body parts that result in lifelong issues
- Children suffering intestinal damage when a pool drain malfunctions. These victims may have problems with infections, digestion, mobility, elimination, and eating
What Causes Swimming Accidents?
There are a broad range of instances where swimming accidents can occur, such as:
- Pools in homes
- Water parks
- Public pools
- Hotel pools
Accidents can occur for many reasons, including:
- Diving into shallow waters
- Inadequate boundaries or warning signs
- Problems with diving boards
- Poorly trained lifeguards or even no lifeguards
- Failure to adequately supervise children
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.
Safety Around the Swimming Pool
Injuries that are incurred near or in the water can be avoided when proper care is taken, including:
- Teach children to swim properly
- Learn essential lifesaving techniques, including CPR
- Provide supervision for swimmers
- Don’t consume alcohol before or while swimming
- Don’t swim alone, always have a buddy around
- Use the approved barriers to limit access to pools
- Adults who are supervising children in the pool should not use their cell phones or divert their attention in any way
- Don’t leave toys and inflatable items in the pool areas as this can attract young, curious children close to the pool
- Place fencing of at least four feet high all around the pool and make sure the gates are both self-closing and self-latching
- If a child is missing, be sure to check the pool first – every second counts when trying to prevent a drowning
- Sound alarms if children approach a pool
- Keep rescue equipment close to the pool, this includes a phone
Drownings at the Beach
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:
- Do not dive into waters that you are not familiar with
- Do not swim alone
- Stay close to a lifeguard
- Do not drink alcohol before swimming
- Do not rely on any flotation devices for safety
- When caught in a riptide, swim sideways until you are free
A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Seek Compensation
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.