Summer is in full swing, which means many families are spending more time at public and private pools to cool off. While summer is a time meant for fun, family, and friends, those pleasant moments can be easily turned upside down by unforeseen accidents at the pool. While the reason for an accident can differ and the extent of injuries can vary, it is important if the injury was caused by the negligence of another that you have a qualified personal injury attorney on your side to stand up for your rights. The personal injury attorneys at Dale E. Anstine are sharing tips to prevent accidents at the pool as well as information on what to do if you or a family member is injured at the pool this summer.
Tips to Prevent Common Pool Accidents
An accident can happen at any time and for multiple reasons. The most common reason for swimming pool injuries and accidents is lack of supervision. While many public pools require a trained lifeguard be on duty, there may not always be one. At private pools, no lifeguard is required. It only takes a split second for an individual to slip and fall or drown. Therefore, it is imperative to supervise children and individuals who are not able to swim. It is also important to have warning signs and safety equipment at the pool to reduce the risk of an accidental drowning or injury.
Another common reason for pool injuries is lack of maintenance. Pools must be properly cleaned to prevent swimmers from contracting an illness or infection. Common injuries from unsanitary pools include eye, ear, throat and wound infections. In addition, it is important to ensure all pool equipment is functioning properly and used as it was intended. Unsafe drains and jets can injure swimmers. Large inflatables and pool covers can trap swimmers underwater, which can lead to accidental drownings. It is imperative pools are properly cleaned and products are maintained and used as they were intended to ensure poolside safety.
What to Do After A Swimming Pool Accident
Swimming pool injury claims involve many factors, which is why it is important to call a personal injury attorney immediately after the accident. Be sure to take photos of the accident and injuries, secure any medical documentation and gather witnesses.
Don’t try to handle a swimming pool accident case on your own this summer. At Dale E. Anstine, your injury is our fight. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve while you focus on recovery. To learn more about the services our professional team of injury attorneys offers, contact us today. Consultations are always free!