Swimming Pool Injuries
By Frank Giunta – Giunta Law
The Texas summer is approaching and temperatures are climbing. A great way to fend off the scorching heat is to take a nice cool swim. For this reason, many apartment complexes and homes are located near public pools. Swimming is both fun and refreshing, but beneath clear sparkling water, dangers still lurk. Within mere seconds, a fun family outing can become an unimaginable tragedy.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), an average of about ten people a day die in drowning accidents. Children aged 1-4 have the highest drowning rates, mostly in swimming pools. Among children under 14, drowning is the second most common cause of accidental death.
Drowning injuries that don’t result in death may still have lasting effects. Drowning deprives the brain of oxygen. Under these conditions, brain damage can occur which may seriously impact one’s future quality of life. In addition to drowning, conditions in and around swimming pools may give rise to other injuries. These injuries commonly include slip and fall injuries, neck and spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and electrocution.
In Texas, swimming pool accidents are governed by the law of “Premises Liability.” Under Premises Liability law, a property owner can be held liable for injuries caused by dangerous conditions existing on the property. When it comes to swimming pool accidents, dangerous conditions can include:
- Inadequate fencing or barriers (according to the CDC, proper fencing can reduce children’s risk of drowning by as much as 83%)
- Slippery or otherwise unsafe walking surface
- Inadequate safety equipment
- Poor or murky water visibility
- Inadequate warning signs
- Inadequate lifeguards
- Malfunctioning pool lights
Swimming pool injuries can turn an otherwise fun afternoon into a nightmare. You may be left coping with long term pain and disability, or even worse, the death of a loved one. You are entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses, and you should not have to face this alone. If you are the unfortunate victim of a swimming pool injury, you should contact a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney without delay.