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What Are Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents?

Posted On April 21, 2018 In Personal Injury

Warm weather has finally arrived. During this time of year, many of us in Angelina County will take time to enjoy public swimming pools or recreation centers. However, there are common dangers in public swimming pools that could lead to a serious accident. We want you to be aware of these dangers, so you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Be aware of swimming pool accident risks that include:

  1. Slip and fall hazards. Swimming pools may be surrounded by wet surfaces that could easily cause a slip and fall accident. In addition, poorly maintained ladders or diving boards could cause an accident. Slip and fall accidents may lead to broken bones, spinal cord injuries or brain injuries.
  2. Lack of supervision. Lifeguards have a very important role in preventing and responding to swimming pool accidents. If lifeguards do not have the proper training or if they are distracted, then it could put swimmers at serious risk of injury or death.
  3. Electrocution. Broken lights or plugged in electronics near a swimming pool can create an electrocution hazard. Proper maintenance on lights and strict rules on electronics may prevent these types of accidents.
  4. Lack of entrapment devices. Federal law requires drains to use entrapment devices, which can keep hair or clothing from becoming stuck to a drain. Swimming pools without these devices pose a drowning risk.
  5. Lack of signage. Public pools should contain signs that warn of specific hazards, such as diving. Diving into shallow water could lead to death or a spinal cord injury.
  6. Poor security. Public pools should contain working doors and gates that can prevent unauthorized access.

Who is Liable for a Swimming Pool Accident?

The consequences of a swimming pool accident can be devastating. Drowning, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and disembowelment are all possible outcomes of a swimming pool accident. Owners of public pools may be liable for injuries or deaths. Manufacturers of pool equipment or maintenance companies may also be responsible. This is also something to keep in mind. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to recover compensation for an injury or loss.

You can speak to a Texas premises liability attorney at Mike Love & Associates, LLC if you have questions about what to do after a swimming pool accident.

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