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Summer swimming pool accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Uncategorized

Summertime is a perfect chance to enjoy swimming, but accidents can undeniably can turn a fun day into a tragedy. The risks associated with swimming pools are ever-present, regardless of the location or size of the pool, so safety must remain a priority.

Various injuries can occur at swimming pools, and most of them require emergency medical care. Understanding how to prevent harm and the potential consequences of swimming accidents is important for all adults – both those who swim and those who look after children who enjoy swimming.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can occur if someone dives into a swimming pool or slips on a swimming pool deck. This type of injury can lead to paralysis and other life-long effects. In order to prevent this from occurring, it must be made clear that diving isn’t allowed unless the pool is deep enough to allow for safe diving. It’s also critical to forbid running around the pool to prevent slip-and-fall incidents.

Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are another serious risk associated with swimming pools. A TBI can result from a blow to the head, which might happen during a dive, a fall or a collision with another swimmer. A TBI can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. Supervision, proper safety protocols and educating swimmers about the dangers of rough play can help prevent these injuries.

Dry drowning

Dry drowning occurs when water is inhaled, causing the vocal cords to spasm and block the airway hours after the initial incident. Symptoms of dry drowning include coughing, chest pain, difficulty breathing and extreme fatigue. Immediate medical attention is critical for anyone experiencing those symptoms.

Drowning

Drowning remains the most prominent danger in swimming pools, often happening silently and within moments. Children are particularly vulnerable, and even a brief lapse in supervision can lead to tragedy. Preventative measures include installing proper fencing around pools, using pool covers and ensuring that children are never left unattended near water.

Swimming pool accidents are sometimes the result of negligence on the part of a pool owner. Victims in such cases – and other cases involving the negligence of any party – may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to cover the costs of their medical care and other financial damages. This should be done swiftly after the incident because of time limits set forth in state law.