Swimming is an excellent way for adults to keep fit. Pools are also the sites of many fantastic family outings.
Nonetheless, swimming pools are potentially dangerous and studies indicate that thousands of accidental deaths occur in pools every year in the U.S.
What are some of the more common injuries sustained in swimming pools?
Naturally, the areas surrounding pools are wet, which means they are slippery. Pool staff and management have a legal duty to ensure that this doesn’t get out of hand. The perimeter of pools should be made out of anti-slip material, as far as possible. Puddles should be mopped up and surface water should be kept to a minimum. Constant supervision of this issue is pivotal in keeping people safe. A slip-and-fall incident can result in catastrophic injuries, most notably Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs).
Generally, water and electricity do not mix. However, some components of a pool, such as pumps, lights, filters and water heaters are still powered by electricity. As long as the equipment is properly installed and maintained, then this can be perfectly safe. However, if equipment is defective, the results can be devastating. In recent years, electrocution has caused dozens of deaths across the country and many more severe injuries.
The main concern around safety in swimming pools is drowning, but there are several other factors to consider. If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, make sure you explore the different legal options in terms of pursuing compensation for your suffering.