It’s summer, and it certainly gets hot in Visalia, California, this time of year.
In June, the average high temperature is 89 degrees. In July, it’s 94. And in August, it’s 93.
With those temperatures, who wouldn’t find the swimming pool appealing?
Pools present a risk, however, for serious injuries and fatalities.
Federal government statistics show that among children ages 1 to 14, drowning is the second-leading cause of death from an unintentional injury. Four children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for pool-related injuries for every child who dies from drowning.
Non-fatal swimming pool injuries can be devastating and life-changing. The catastrophic results can include brain injuries and disembowelment.
State and federal laws mandate swimming pools meet certain standards to prevent hair entrapment, entanglement and other incidents that can cause injuries and death. Still, those systems can malfunction and lead to tragic accidents, and pool areas also pose other risks. Slippery pool decks, unsteady ladders, pool slides and diving boards are among the things that can contribute to injuries.
Victims of swimming pool injuries can require long periods of time in the hospital and rehabilitation centers. Life might never return to normal, and the costs of chronic care treatment can be astronomical. The victims and family members also could suffer from post-traumatic stress.
It is crucial that swimmers follow pool safety rules, such as not diving in shallow water, and that parents watch children at all times and prepare to act.
Even when pool rules are followed, accidents still can occur through no fault of the swimmer. If swimming pool manufacturers, distributors and installers fail to follow codes and other regulations, they could be held liable for injuries. So, too, could property owners if their pool fails to meet safety standards.
If your loved one is a victim of a swimming pool accident, you could be eligible to receive compensation for medical and other expenses now and in the future. An attorney experienced in personal injury cases can help.