Its summer time in New England and that means swimming pools and pool parties. Backyard swimming pools provide hours of entertainment and fun, but there are dangers associated with this fun. Drowning, traumatic brain injury, back and neck sprain are some of the dangers resulting from swimming pool accidents.
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1-4 years old. Older children are also at risk as nearly 6000 children under the age of 15 go to the emergency room each year due to drowning.
Nonfatal pool accidents can cause very serious injuries too. Diving accidents, slipping on a diving board, and falls can cause back neck and even severe brain damage. All of these injuries can result in lifelong disabilities.
To increase awareness about pool safety, The American Red Cross has partnered with the National Swimming Pool Foundation and created the Home Pool Essential course. This course was designed to teach homeowners pool and hot tub safety. Also, The Red Cross lists pool safety tips on their website. These tips include fencing around the pool, supervising children at all times when near the pool, never letting a child swim alone, and also having homeowners establish and enforce safety rules at their pool.
Injuries resulting from swimming pool accidents are very tragic because they are almost always preventable.
If you were injured at a pool, and have questions as to what you should do, contact us here. The Attorneys at McCoy & McCoy have a great deal of experience handling these claims, and we will be there with you every step of the way.