If you know anything about Georgia summers, it should come as no surprise that many people in Gwinnett County frequent public and private pools at just about any opportunity they get. With heat indices consistently rising into the triple digits, pools offer a respite from the heat while still allowing people to enjoy being outside.
Unfortunately, as relaxing and enjoyable as a trip to the pool can be, it can also expose you and your family to a risk of extremely serious injury. Here are some of the more common injuries that can be sustained in pool accidents. For more information, call us today to speak with a personal injury attorney in Gwinnett County.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Head trauma can result in a traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as a TBI. At a pool, accidents like slips and falls or diving accidents can often result in concussions and other, more severe types of TBIs. In serious cases, TBI victims develop long-term problems that affect their quality of life on a daily basis.
Some pool accidents have the potential to result in serious lacerations that can require stitches or even surgery to correct. These kinds of injuries often occur when there is poorly installed or defective pool equipment, such as diving boards or ladders. Exposed hardware or sharp edges on this type of equipment can easily cause a deep cut, especially when people are jumping or running. In addition, there is always the risk of broken glass on the pool’s bottom, which is difficult to see but typically is not present in the absence of negligence on the part of the pool’s owner.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries often occur at pools when the depth of the water is unmarked or incorrectly marked. When this is the case, people can dive headfirst into the water thinking that it is much deeper than it is and then hitting their head on the pool’s bottom with tremendous force. In some cases, the impact can cause damage to the spinal cord, which has the potential of leaving victims paralyzed from the neck down.
Can You Recover Compensation?
As is the case with other kinds of injury-causing accidents in Georgia, whether you can recover depends on whether your accident was caused by the negligence of another person. In the context of a pool injury, negligence can take many forms, and many different parties could potentially be held liable for an accident, including the pool owner, an equipment manufacturer, or even another pool patron. The best way to find out if you have a claim is to have an attorney review the facts of your case.
Call Brauns Law Today to Speak with a Gwinnett County Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a family member has been injured in a pool accident, you should contact an attorney right away. Any delay could result in the loss of evidence that could mean the difference between recovering compensation and getting nothing at all. As a former insurance defense lawyer, David Brauns knows how to maximize injury settlement offers and is committed to helping injured victims get the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free case evaluation with Mr. Brauns, contact us online or call our office today at (404) 418-8244.