There's More Than One Way To Get Hurt In A Swimming Pool

Because Southwest Florida is in a fortunate geographical position, the region is blessed with warm weather and sunny skies even in the winter when the rest of the USA is shoveling snow and lighting fireplaces. This has dramatically opened up the possibilities for Florida Suncoast residential property, and it's not unusual for many homeowners to indulge in the dream of having their very own swimming pool.

Unfortunately, swimming pools, while attractive and fun, can also be a trouble spot for injury. As unbelievable as it may be, the #1 cause of death for American children between the ages of 1-4 is drowning. It usually occurs in a swimming pool. But there's more than one way for swimming pools to pose a danger to people and not just children.

Diving Injuries


Diving is a common activity in swimming pools, but due to the way water distorts images, it's easy to misjudge diving distances. As a result, injuries have occurred when people either miscalculate—or simply don't bother to check the depth of water first and dive into a shallow area.

Concussions, bruises, and even broken limbs can result from people diving without realizing they are about to collide with a hard, unyielding surface just below the water.

Slipping & Falling


This is perhaps the most common way for people around a swimming pool to sustain an injury. A swimming pool is a place for recreation, so people relax, let their guard down, and engage in horseplay and other activities. While it might be viewed as ruining fun to have signs posted or verbally warn people not to run around a swimming pool area, there's an important safety reason for this.

Water is, by nature, slippery. Depending on where it lands and the angle of impact and speed a foot lands on a pool of water, it's very easy to lose traction. Young children and the elderly are more delicate than adults in the prime of life, and these slips and falls can easily lead to broken bones and lacerations.

Pool Drain Mishaps


In order to manage water levels and keep things safe for swimmers, water flows through drains so it can be properly filtered. However, depending on the type of pool drainage system used, the suction on these drains can be powerful. So powerful, in fact, that while an adult may be surprised to get "stuck" to a pool drain, it can be dangerous for children.

For children, pool drain accidents have involved suction incidents so strong that internal organs have been damaged as they were sucked through the anus. While surprising and something few people would predict, these injuries have occurred and have threatened the lives of the accident victims.

Drowning


Of course, the most well-known hazard of swimming pools is drowning. Children, in particular, are vulnerable to this if they don't yet know how to swim, and are allowed, unsupervised near pools. Therefore, it is universally recommended that children never play in a swimming pool without adult supervision. Failure to do so can be considered an illegal act in a court of law if it results in an injury or even a death.

Contrary to what most people think from film and television, someone drowning is not always indicated by someone splashing at the surface and screaming for help. In some instances, children have drowned surrounded by people because people thought the child was "just playing."

If you or someone close to you in Southwest Florida has been injured in a swimming pool because of someone else's negligence, seek legal help. Talk to a swimming pool accident lawyer about your accident to understand how to take those responsible to task.

Video FAQ:

When Do You Need An Attorney? What Will They Do For You?


 

Client Testimonials

Attorney David Goldman has been exceptional in the process of helping me through the case. He has always been easy to reach, whether by phone or email, and has thorough knowledge and explains clearly in depth so you feel safe and confident in your lawyer

I used Michael Babboni and his paralegal, Nicole Moore for a legal matter. They went above and beyond my expectations. During the entire process there was constant communication with both Michael and Nicole. They were extremely organized and on top of my case, which I am very grateful for. Michael truly had my best interests at heart and he was very genuine. I plan on referring Michael to all family and friends and will continue to use him in the future.

I dealt most with Mr. Fernandez. I didn’t know a lot about this process. He took the time to speak with me individually, in person, to explain everything. It was very helpful to actually know and understand the process and what to expect. He closed my case quickly, which was nice that it was not prolonged! I appreciated his hard work and getting me what I felt I deserved after my car accident. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an honest and reliable lawyer to assist you with your case!

I hired Mr. Walsh after an automobile accident this past March. He and his entire staff were extremely professional. They kept me informed every step of the way and settled my case in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help.

 

Law Offices Near You

Sarasota Office

Sarasota

941-954-1234

3550 S Tamiami Trail, 3rd Floor Sarasota Florida 34239

Bradenton Office

Bradenton

941-752-7000

5291 Office Park Blvd. Bradenton Florida 34203

St. Petersburg Office

St. Petersburg

727-381-9200

6446 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Florida 33707

Lakewood Ranch Office

Sarasota

941-330-0088

9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch Florida 34202

Venice Office

Venice

941-496-9555

3986 S. Tamiami Trail Venice Florida 34293

Englewood Office

Englewood

941-474-4800

2960 S. McCall Rd Englewood Florida 34224

Punta Gorda Office

Punta Gorda

941-613-1141

122 Nesbit St, Suite 113, Punta Gorda Florida 33950

Port Charlotte Office

Port Charlotte

941-613-1141

3986 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte Florida 33952

Arcadia Office

Arcadia

863-494-0122

10 South DeSoto Avenue Arcadia Florida 34266

Fort Myers Office

Fort Myers

239-332-0770

8359 Beacon Blvd Fort Myers Florida 33907

Lakeland Office

Lakeland

863-683-5600

5137 S. Lakeland Dr. Lakeland Florida 33813
 

Get personal attention from a lawyer with decades of experience.


 
×