Swimming Pool Accidents
Injuries that take place in or near the water may be avoided when care is taken. Common-sense tips include:
- Provide adequate supervision for swimmers.
- Adults responsible for supervising children in the water should refrain from using cell phones, talking to others or diverting their attention in any way.
- Avoid swimming alone – use the buddy system.
- Teach children to swim.
- Use approved barriers to limit access to swimming pools.
- Learn lifesaving techniques, such as CPR.
- Do not use alcohol before or while swimming or participating in water-related activities.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Official estimates indicate that there are more than 10 million swimming pools in the U.S. That figure includes more than 350,000 public pools. Our beautiful weather here in Southwest Florida makes residential swimming pools popular options for homeowners. Few activities are more relaxing for Florida families than a Saturday afternoon spent in the backyard swimming pool. But as much fun as they are, pools can pose a serious hazard – especially for young children. In our country, drowning is the second-leading cause of fatalities among children under 15, and about 3 children lose their lives every day. Even when deaths don’t occur, near-drowning accidents can leave victims with severe and life-altering injuries.
Having started in Southwest Florida as a family firm, Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, remains dedicated to helping families that have been touched by the tragedy of wrongful deaths or serious injuries. We know about the devastation too often caused by swimming pool accidents. We are sensitive to the emotional issues involved and we are committed to providing you with the accurate legal advice you need.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. children between the ages of 1 and 4 are those most likely to drown. Cape Coral and Fort Myers personal injury attorneys at our firm know that the CDC also reports that when kids in the 1-to-4 age group that lose their lives in drowning accidents, they’re most likely to be in swimming pools. We know that it only takes a few minutes unobserved for a child to run into difficulty. Most children who drown are out of sight for fewer than 5 minutes.
At Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner’s, we also understand that near-drowning accidents can bring their own tragedies to local families. Government research has found that for each child who loses his or her life by drowning, another 4 children receive emergency medical attention because of submersion injuries. Consumer Product Safety Commission studies report an average of 5,100 such injuries per year. Almost 8 out of 10 of those treated for submersion injuries are children under the age of 5, and most accidents took place in swimming pools. The greatest concern for those who suffer submersion injuries is permanent damage to the brain.
We have seen serious injuries occur because of faulty or malfunctioning swimming pool equipment. Children may become trapped in drains and suffer injuries to the bowels or other body systems that leave them with lifelong health issues. Children who have suffered intestinal damage because of swimming pool drain malfunctions may encounter problems with eating, digestion, elimination, infections and mobility.
When swimmers dive into shallow water or fall on pool decking and strike their heads, traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries may result. Our Naples and Fort Myers personal injury attorneys know that these kinds of injuries can leave victims with long-term adverse effects. Traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent brain damage, affecting victims’ cognitive abilities, motor skills, language capabilities and many other functions. When spinal cord injuries result from swimming pool accidents, victims may suffer neurological problems that range from issues affecting breathing and elimination to partial or complete paralysis.
As a family-run firm known for its advocacy of public safety, Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, encourages families to educate themselves about the potential dangers of swimming pools. Our Fort Myers and Naples personal injury and wrongful death attorneys know that close supervision of swimmers – particularly children – is the most effective safety measure when it comes to reducing drowning and near-drowning risks. When pool owners fail to use effective barriers or to maintain pool equipment properly and injuries result, they may be liable for the harm their negligence has caused.
If you’ve been hurt in a swimming-pool-related accident or if you’ve lost a loved one in a pool accident, contact our firm to ask about a free review of your case. Our attorneys can explain your rights and the options available to you in the aftermath of a serious injury. If you aren’t able to come to one of our Southwest Florida office locations, we’ll meet with you at home or in your hospital room. If we take your case, you pay us no fees unless we win.
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