The hot summer months draw people to public and home pools for fun and relaxation. Pools are a great source of enjoyment and they provide a way to cool off and have fun outdoors. Swimming is a great form of exercise. Unfortunately, pool accidents are not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the United States. This number does not include boat-related incidents. That number equates to about 10 deaths per day.
Pool-Related Injuries and Deaths
Many unintentional drowning incidents happen to children age 14 and younger. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. For every child who dies in an unintentional drowning, there are five others who receive emergency care for near-drowning. Non-fatal drowning injuries can be severe because they may cause brain damage and long-term disabilities. Some people may have learning disabilities, memory problems, or permanent loss of basic functioning. Unfortunately, some people will end up in a permanent vegetative state.
Other types of injuries can also occur around pools. Chemicals used in pool water care can be dangerous and toxic when they get into the air in high concentrations. Breathing in these toxins can be deadly. Public pools are required to have special covers over the water intake to prevent people from getting sucked underwater towards the drain. Adults should be aware of pool safety and how to prevent pool incidents and drowning.
Preventing Pool Injuries
The best way to prevent drowning is to teach your children to swim. Even young babies can learn the basics so they will not drown. When you visit the pool, make sure that your child uses a flotation device. However, be aware that children can become overconfident when they use these devices and may feel as though they can swim when they actually cannot. Always watch your children when they are in the pool, even where there are lifeguards. Do not allow young children to go into the deep end.
Public pools are not the only places to be concerned about drowning. At home, make sure that your pool has a fence with a locked gate. Remove the ladder from an above-ground pool when you are not using it. Do not leave children unattended, even for a minute. A child can get into a pool and drown in just a few minutes. As a pool owner, invest in an alarm system for your pool that will alert you when someone enters the pool without permission. Keep a flotation device near the pool and always have your cell phone ready in case of emergency. Learn CPR so you can provide fast assistance if an accident occurs.
If your loved one suffered a serious injury due to drowning, you know that the medical costs associated with treatment can be astronomical. The negligent party should be held accountable for your loved one’s death or injury.
Contact our compassionate legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.