Everything You Need To Know About Pool Accident Injury

About ten individuals die every day from drowning. Two of the ten are 14 years of age or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury or death which includes pool accidents in the United States.

Pool Accident Injuries And Common Causes

Drowning is the most obvious danger in events involving swimming pools. Even if a drowning does not lead to death, non-fatal drowning can lead to severe medical circumstances, including long-term disabilities, memory issues, learning disabilities, and loss of fundamental body functions. A dangerous injury of the spinal cord is a disastrous result of unsafe pool circumstances. If a pool is too shallow to sustain a diving board, swimmers may dive in and damage their head or neck.

A common cause of such accidents can be due to unsafe or illegal drains. If a pool or hot tub drain that does not meet minimum safety standards, it can cause serious injury. Pool drains vacuum suction is strong enough to keep swimmers, especially kids, underwater. Improper drains can pull down swimmers, cause them to drown, or even dislodge unsuspecting swimmers. Another cause can be due to lack of barriers to the swimming pool. It is the duty of the swimming pool owners to ensure that their pools are blocked from easy access. If pools are left without barriers, kids can wander through the area and drown accidentally.

How To Avoid Pool Accident Injury As A Swimmer?

  • Learn life-saving abilities – learn how to swim and teach your kids how to swim
  • Make sure to use flotation equipment on younger swimmers.
  • Supervise children at all times. Use the buddy system.

Never dive into shallow water. Know your limits.

Premises Liability Law In And Compensation

The majority of pool accidents occur because of reckless or negligent acts by individuals. The premise liability law of Texas makes it possible for injured individuals to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the property owner in an incident on the property of another individual, in certain circumstances. These laws apply to both commercial establishments as well as personal residences.
Time is critical after a swimming pool incident. Your action and response in that time period can create a large difference in the compensation that you can receive in the event of liability in your future property. After an accident, consider the following steps:

  1. Call 911 and seek medical help
  2. Take photographs of the area
  3. Collect record of witnesses
  4. Protect and document the evidence
  5. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney

If an individual is injured while swimming on the property of another person, he or she generally has up to two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit.

If you or someone you love involved in a swimming pool accident, an experienced attorney will be able to assist you and review your case. The Hollingsworth Law Firm, PLLC is a firm you can trust to represent your best interest with honest and expert legal experience. We understand what you and your loved ones are going through and have been helping personal injury victims like you through the years. We can help you obtain the monetary compensation that may be owed to you.

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html

 

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