As the weather warms, there will likely be an extreme increase in the amount of pool-related and swimming-related injuries in the intensive care unit in hospitals across the country. Not only with the jubilation of summer bring about overexcited people sustaining injuries by running, but the number of individuals drinking by the pool will be significantly higher. Many of these accidents will include traumatic brain injuries, which could lead to significantly high medical bills and long-term repercussions.
Here are a couple of potential pitfalls to avoid this summer while you and your kids are at the pool.
Slipping or Falling on Wet Patches
Slip-and-fall accidents by the poolside are extremely common. Their high number earlier in history is what prompted signs discouraging people from running by the pool. Not only is running over cement a bad idea to begin with, but the area by the pool is often slick with water. Even those who are merely standing by the pool could shift their weight and suddenly find themselves in the water.
While falling can be embarrassing, it could also be extremely dangerous. Few people wear helmets at all times, so any slip-and-fall event involving heads on concrete could crack a skull or at least cause someone a mild concussion.
You may have also noticed a “no diving” sign by the pool. This sign was posted around most public pools to prevent people from diving incorrectly into the water or sustaining an accident on the way to diving in.
Part of the danger lies in the landing. If you dive in water that is too shallow, you could risk hitting your head on the bottom of the pool. Not only can this cause a severe brain injury, but you risk becoming unconscious and drowning. Likewise, the pressure of hitting the bottom of the pool could be too much for your neck, which could cause a spinal injury as well.
Pool Drain Accidents
Pool drains can exert a significant amount of pressure, up to 350 pounds per square inch. If a pool drain is not property covered, adults and children can sustain serious injuries and even death from the suction. Common dangers include hair entanglement, stuck limbs, and more.
Swimming pools typically have wiring and cables around it to power the pool's equipment. In some cases, faulty wiring and grounding can cause electrocutions that can be fatal. If a property owner was negligent ad failed to prevent electric shocks, he or she can be held liable for such accidents.
Defective Pool Parts
Defective pool drains, poor installation, faulty diving boards, and ladder defects are just a few examples of defective and poorly maintained pool equipment that can cause serious injuries. Such defects can occur if there was a defect in the manufacturing or if the pool's owner failed to maintain the equipment to prevent injuries to guests.
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Make sure you and your family stay safe this summer. However, if you or your loved ones are harmed by a negligent pool owner, don’t hesitate to call us. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal damage can lead to tremendously high medical expenses, particularly if the injury is long-term. If your spinal cord injury leads to something like quadriplegia, you could be looking at millions of dollars lost through medical care, rehabilitation, and lost wages over the course of your lifetime.
Make sure you have an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney on your side. The Scarlett Law Group can help. Our skilled attorneys are dedicated to helping people seek justice for the wrong done to them.
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