Now that summer has officially begun and children are out of school, it is the perfect time to enjoy a warm day in the cool blue waters of a swimming pool. It is a favored activity for families, offering something for everyone, whether you prefer to sunbathe, lounge by the pool, swim, or just attend a fun neighborhood pool party. However, this treasured summertime focal point can present some hazards and risk, which everyone would do well to learn about to avoid any potentially disastrous accidents.
Swimming pools are used year-round, though usage obviously experiences a sharp increase during the summer. This also means the number of swimming pool injuries increase as well. These injuries have the potential to not only be serious, possibly causing permanent brain damage, but fatal as well.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a study of more than 50,000 facilities, examining the health and safety of public pools throughout several different states. Researchers found that nearly 4 out of 5 public pools were not in compliance with at least 1 health or safety regulation, while 1 out of every 8 inspections resulted in the closure of that facility.
Some of the most common causes of accidents and injuries you should be aware of this summer include:
- Dirty water, which can limit one’s visibility, or even result in infections
- Broken, damaged, or absent safety equipment
- Incorrect labeling of pool depth, which can lead to diving accidents
- Overcrowding in the swimming pool
- No lifeguards, or a lack of properly trained lifeguards
- Faulty pool drain covers
It is important to note that, even if lifeguards are on the premises, observing individuals in the swimming pool, you must always watch your children and never leave them unattended. A lifeguard is expected to watch everyone in the pool, but on a particularly busy day, this might not be that easy or possible. To make sure your child is safe, it is crucial to keep your attention on him or her at all times. It might be tempting to surf the web on your phone, text, have a phone conversation, or even have a conversation with your friend who is also at the pool, but engaging in other activities while your child is in the water means anything can happen. It only takes a second for an accident to occur. If you want to partake in pool party festivities, consider hiring a babysitter, or asking a trusted friend, neighbor, or other adult family member to watch your child. Additionally, an individual who is entrusted to watch a child should not be drinking alcohol since this can cause impaired judgment and slower reactions.
That said, you should not hesitate to take part in pool activities this summer. We take precautions in nearly everything we do in life, so this is just an extension of safe and responsible behavior.
Pasadena Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents at the pool can occur due to a variety of causes, often involving hazardous or unsafe conditions. Many of these injuries can have life-altering effects that impact not only the injured party, but his or her family as well. No one should have to pay for someone else’s mistakes, so if your pool injury accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, you have a right to pursue just compensation. At Tedford & Associates, we are prepared to fight tirelessly on your behalf to secure the fair compensation you need and deserve, which can go toward covering medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more during this difficult time of need.
When you choose to hire Tedford & Associates, you will receive quality, compassionate, and aggressive representation, backed by over 30 years of combined experience. You do not want to go through this experience on your own. Insurance companies will do everything possible to deny you of a settlement addresses the losses and pain associated with your injuries. Do not let them take advantage of you.
We also operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not owe us any legal fees unless we can win your case. You focus on recovery while we focus on making sure justice is served on your behalf.
Contact us today at (626) 325-0142 to schedule a free consultation. We have staff fluent in Spanish and ready to answer your questions.