When you think about summers past, your memories will most likely include spending some time at the local pool. Both children and adults enjoy relaxing in the water or on the side of the pool with a good book. While the pool is often a central spot for summertime activities, there are certain dangers that are associated with visiting them.
For this reason, it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers and injuries that can happen when you’re at the pool in order to avoid getting hurt this summer. Some summer camps will teach pool safety to children, but it can be helpful to review the facts and emphasize them every time you take your kids to the pool. There are many resources that can help you express the importance of pool safety each summer.
Three Common (and Often Avoidable) Pool Injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – We all know that running around the pool is especially dangerous. When you combine a slick surface with quickly moving bare feet, the result can be disastrous. Slipping and hitting your head on the concrete side of the pool is a dangerous possibility for those who choose to run around the pool.
- Drowning – Most pools are required to have a lifeguard on duty to watch the pool. Even so, a lifeguard can’t catch everything. Drowning is a real threat, especially for children who enter the water without any adult supervision. Additionally, some smaller pools will often attempt to avoid this by posting a sign that indicates “no lifeguard on duty.”
- Broken bones – Again, running around the pool or even walking on a slippery surface can result in a fall. Since the area around the pool is mostly concrete, broken bones are a real risk when you fall at the pool.
The Aftermath of a Pool Injury
Any type of injury can be incredibly difficult to deal with, especially when medical treatment is required. An injury sustained at the pool is no different. Many times, these injuries can be serious and will result in ongoing physical therapy, prescription medication, emotional distress, and lost wages. As the medical bills begin to add up, the situation can become even more stressful. One of the largest challenges is the unknown. Often, doctors won’t be able to determine exactly how long it will take for an injury to heal. This is especially true with TBIs. Working with an experienced attorney who can advise you on the best course of action to take after a pool injury can help to reduce stress during this time.
Call an Experienced Duluth Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or one of your children have sustained an injury when you were at the pool, it can be tough to know what steps to take. After you have sought out the necessary medical attention, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss next steps. You might have a solid case of negligence against a pool employee, owner, or the city that manages the pool. At Brauns Law, PC, our skilled legal team will review your case and help you determine your next steps. Call us today at (404) 418-8244 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation.