Swimming pools are a great way to relax, play or exercise. However, swimming pools are also a likely site for injuries, especially for children. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths among young children. Most of these drowning accidents occur in residential areas.
Even among adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 10 people drowned each day from 2005 to 2014, averaging 3,536 unintentional deaths annually. In addition, non-fatal swimming pool injuries are often sustained after nearly drowning.
While these injuries may prove non-fatal, oftentimes they are accompanied by significant brain trauma. This is because a close-call with drowning means having one’s air supply cut off for a significant amount of time. The lack of air flow to one’s brain can seriously, and sometimes irrevocably, damage the brain. Treating this kind of injury can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, depending on the extent of the damage.
How Does a Swimming Pool Injury Happen?
There are a few leading reasons as to how swimming pool accidents occur. Often, they are the result of poor swimming skills. Not knowing how to tread water, propel or float greatly increases the chance of a swimming pool injury. Without these necessary skills, a person is more likely to be overcome by the water.
Additionally, since swimming pools are large bodies of water, wet and slippery surfaces in the surrounding area can be expected. The likelihood of a slip and fall injury increases, especially when pool accessories, toys or other objects act as obstacles around the pool area.
Lack of supervision near the pool can also be a contributor to child accidents. Unfortunately, it does not take very long for someone to drown. Looking away for even a brief moment may result in a serious accident.
Non-Fatal Drowning Injuries
The CDC reports that severe brain damage due to swimming pool personal injuries can result in long-term disabilities. Disabilities can include memory issues, learning disabilities and loss of basic functions.
Because non-fatal drowning accidents often result in permanent brain damage, the victims in these cases are never the same. In result, the victims’ loved ones also face significant emotional distress. In addition to the emotional distress that they face, they also carry the medical and financial burdens of the accident.
Taking care of your loved one with long-term disabilities requires a shift in lifestyle. It also means accruing medical expenses not previously budgeted for, which can become very expensive.
Is Filing a Swimming Pool Personal Injury Lawsuit Possible?
If you or a loved one has suffered a fatal or non-fatal swimming pool injury, you may have a viable personal injury claim. It may be possible to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, medical expenses or lost wages. Typically, these cases are pursued against a negligent party which contributed to the accident.
About Our La Quinta, California Personal Injury Law Firm
To learn more about possible legal actions for a swimming pool personal injury, contact Nield Law Group, APC at (866) 335-1860. You can also contact us online. Our La Quinta personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss your situation. We can help you determine a possible plan of legal action for your case.