Swimming Pool Accidents
Columbia Personal Injury Attorney
Going swimming in a swimming pool is one of America's favorite recreational pastimes. Not only do swimming pools offer relief from the hot summer heat, they are excellent places for children to play and for adults to engage in exercise with little to no impact on their joints. While swimming pools are popular among children and adults of all ages, they are inherently dangerous and involve the risk of drowning among other injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day about ten people die from an unintentional drowning, of those two of them are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States (CDC), and between 2005 and 2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal accidental drownings each year in the United States, and that number does not factor in the 347 people that died each year from boating accidents.
Sadly, the highest risk group is children ages 1 to 4. In 2009 among children ages 1 to 4 who died from accidents, over 30% them died from an accidental drowning. While drowning is the primary result of swimming pool accidents, victims can sustain other injuries in a swimming pool accident resulting in broken bones, permanent brain damage, neck, back, and
spinal cord injuries.
Contrary to popular belief, a large percentage of swimming pool drownings occur in the presence of an adult or a lifeguard that is on duty. People can have a false sense of security when lifeguards are present and in effect, a child can easily drown at a swimming pool located at a YMCA, a recreational center, a gym, a school, a hotel, a water park, a country club, or a backyard pool.
Drain Entanglement & Entrapment
Another cause of swimming pool accidents involves drain entanglement, entrapment and suction outlets. The pools that pose the greatest risk of entrapment are public wading pools, in-ground hot-tubs, and any other pool that has a flat drain gate or a single main drain system. If you have been injured in a swimming pool accident on public or residential property, or if you've lost a loved one in a drowning, please contact a Columbia personal injury attorney from the Sumner Law Group, LLC immediately to receive the knowledgeable guidance you deserve.