Swimming can be both recreational and done as a sport. While swimming is very therapeutic, it can also be very dangerous if you are not extremely careful and the property owner fails to provide their duty of care at any point during an individual’s visit. You may be familiar with injuries that can be sustained from a visit to the swimming pool. While no injury should be seen as small, some injuries can be life-altering. Before going to the swimming pool it is important to take note of the dangers the pool can possess. The most common extreme injuries that can be sustained due to a swimming pool incident are as follows:
Brain injuries: If an individual is swimming underwater and swims into the walls of the pool, or slips and falls and hits the swimming pool grounds, they can suffer a serious traumatic brain injury. His occurs when the brain hits the inside of the skull upon impact.
Spine injuries: This injury can come from the same incident listed above, however, the damages stem from the neck and can sometimes leave an individual paralyzed, temporarily or permanently.
Cuts and bruises: Property owners must ensure your safety when on their property, and unfortunately, things may be neglected. This includes debris such as glass that has not been picked up and can cause serious lacerations that force an individual to undergo surgery.
The most unfortunate and permanent serious “injury” is death. In these incidents, the immediate family of an individual may be entitled to compensation for wrongful death. While death can come from drowning, it can also come from either of these serious injuries as well. If an individual passes away due to a swimming pool incident you will need to speak with a wrongful death attorney as well, as wrongful death requires a special level of expertise. There are some personal injury attorneys with experience in both areas.
Regardless, should you or a loved one succumb to any serious swimming pool injury or unfortunate death, speak with a skilled personal injury and wrongful death attorney. The right attorney will hear your story and be able to advise you to the best of their ability. Suffering any life-changing injury and/or losing a life will change you forever, and while money cannot fix every issue you may still be entitled to some form of compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact an attorney, like a Dekalb County attorney, as soon as possible.
Thanks to the law office of Andrew R. Lynch for their insight into serious pool injuries.