Hot and humid are two things we typically do very well during Atlanta summers.
As a result, swimming pools are extremely popular. When proper care is
taken, swimming can be one of the best parts of summer, but when a pool’s
owner or maintainer fails to take proper care, both adults and children
can become victims of
drowning or other serious swimming pool injuries. If you or a loved one is hurt
in one of these accidents it is important to speak with a
personal injury lawyer like the attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, PC as soon as possible.
Also, it is important to understand what sort of pool accidents are common
and what can cause them.
Pool Injury #1: Young Child Drownings
One of the most common and most tragic types of pool accident is the drowning
of a young child. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is one of the leading causes of injury and death death
for children between the ages of 1 and 4. For these toddlers, swimming
pools pose the greatest risk of submersion injury. Drowning occurs when
a person dies as a result of being submerged in and inhaling water, but
non-fatal submersion injuries can also be life-alteringly serious and
can result in brain damage. These injuries can be caused by a pool owner’s
failure to properly fence off a pool or failing to use fences that completely
surround the pool, are at least four feet high, and have proper gate systems.
These fences can be just as important for above ground pools, which are
the source of many drowning deaths, especially of young boys. Failing
to properly supervise children who are using a pool and failure to prevent
unintended pool access can also cause pool accidents.
Pool Injury #2: Diving Accidents
Diving, especially for the first time, can be extremely exciting for young
swimmers. Unfortunately, if it is not done properly or is done in a pool
that is not deep enough for diving, serious head and spinal injuries can
result. Installing a diving board in a pool that is not deep enough for
one could cause these injuries, but so could failing to enforce “no
diving” policies or failing to follow the same safety protocols
designed to prevent drowning.
Pool Injury #3: Slip and Falls Outside of the Pool
It may seem like common sense that the ground near a pool may be wet and
thus slippery. Pool owners who allow poolside running or roughhousing
may be contributing to slip and fall accidents by doing so. Additionally,
if a pool area is not lit after dark and guests who do not know that the
pool is there are allowed into slippery areas, an accident could easily
happen for which a homeowner may be responsible.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or drowned in a pool due to
another’s negligence, the experienced attorneys at Goldstein &
Hayes, P.C. are here to help you with your case.Contact us today for a free consultation.