As the weather heats up, millions of people throughout Kansas and Missouri cool off and relax in swimming pools. While pools are fantastic for leisure and exercise, safety precautions must be followed in order to avoid swimming pool injuries. Every year, thousands of people suffer accidents from engaging in activities in or around pools. In some cases, these accidents lead to wrongful death.
If you or a loved one have suffered such an injury due to negligence or recklessness, the attorneys at Patterson Legal Group can help you attain the compensation that you deserve.
What Are the Different Types of Swimming Pool Injuries?
There are a number of injuries that can occur in or around a swimming pool. They include:
- Near drowning
- Broken bones or soft tissue damage due to slips and falls
- Intestinal damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal injury
- Wrongful death
While swimming pools can be fun for the entire family, it’s important to remember that they can also be dangerous. Whether you are a guest at a pool or own your own, it’s important to be mindful of the potential injuries which could occur as you are enjoying the pool.
Why Do Swimming Pool Injuries Happen?
In some cases, swimming pool injuries happen because the person in the pool is inexperienced or unskilled. In other cases, accidents occur because of a negligent owner or a reckless swimmer. Whether it’s a public or private pool, the owner has an obligation to provide a safe environment for everyone using the pool. Owners who have an unsafe environment are liable for any injuries that occur on their property.
Manufacturing defects can also lead to swimming pool accidents. Malfunctioning or poorly designed drains, defective ladders, lights, and more could result in a life-altering injury. In addition to the injuries listed above, accidents caused by unsafe products in a pool can also lead to electrocution.
How to Prevent Swimming Pool Accidents
There are many simple and effective things that you can do in order to prevent swimming pool injuries. They include:
- Always have a sober adult who can swim monitoring pool activity
- Make certain that children use appropriate flotation devices
- Have at least one lifebuoy, such as a flotation ring or personal flotation device, available
- Make sure pool drains are clear and functioning properly
- Check the surfaces around the pool to make sure that they’re safe
- Ensure pool lighting and other equipment works properly
It’s especially important to play close attention to any toddlers enjoying the pool. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental drowning is the leading cause of injury death of children between the ages of one and four.
Contact Patterson Legal Group
The entire team at Patterson Legal Group hopes you and your family have tremendous fun at swimming pools this summer. Most importantly, we hope that your pool time is safe. Should you or a loved one suffer any swimming pool injuries, please contact us immediately. Our swimming pool injuries lawyers have the experience, knowledge, and skill to make sure that you’re fairly compensated in the event of an accident.
Patterson Legal Group is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your legal needs. We have offices in St. Joseph, Topeka, and Wichita if you’d like to visit us in person. Consultations are free and we do not charge any fees unless your case is won. Suffering a personal injury caused by another party can be a confusing and traumatic experience. Contact us today and let our team of compassionate legal professionals take care of you.