Swimming Pool Dangers
Some of the most serious non-fatal swimming pool injuries can include traumatic brain injury (TBI), disembowelment and evisceration, and other submersion injuries. TBI can occur when a swimmer dives into pools and hits his/her head. Often, the person who hit his/her head may not even appear to be injured.
The results of swimming pool drain injuries can be catastrophic: if a child’s bottom covers the drain portal of a wading pool, the corresponding suction force can disembowel them through a ruptured rectum. Even a slight change in pressure can trigger such pool injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Although there are state and federal laws, codes and standards for pools and spas to prevent body entrapment, hair entrapment, entanglement, and evisceration, serious non-fatal swimming pool injuries and deaths still occur.
Public wading pools for children, swimming pools specifically designed for young kids, spas with flat-drain gates, and pools with single main drain systems pose the greatest of danger of entrapment for kids. Electrical defects, slippery pool decks, ladders and stairs, improper or unsafe pool toys, pool slides and diving boards all have the potential to injure swimmers and non-swimmers at pools.
Some of the legal factors that an attorney can review with you include:
- Whether you and your loved ones may be entitled to compensation for current and future medical treatment, rehabilitation, and expenses
- If you and your loved ones can recover lost wages from work, and other out-of-pocket expenses stemming from swimming pool injuries
- And whether a swimming pool injury may entitle you and your loved ones to recover damages for pain and suffering.