As warmer weather returns to Connecticut, many people will be spending time in pools owned and managed by others, whether it’s at hotels, apartment buildings, community recreational areas or other people’s homes. You can’t always be guaranteed that these pools are maintained appropriately or properly supervised.
Unfortunately, too many people — particularly children — are severely and even fatally injured in pools every year. Statistics from the federal government show that drowning is the second leading cause of death from unintentional injury for children between 1 and 14. It’s the leading cause of injury-related death for kids from 1 to 4 years old.
Other types of injuries can occur in pools. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur when swimmers strike their head on the bottom or side of the pool or even on a ladder, diving board or slide.
Two particularly gruesome injuries are evisceration and disembowelment. These can occur when someone (often a child) gets caught in the suction of a pool drain that isn’t securely covered. Even when children survive these injuries, their organs may be forever damaged or incapable of functioning on their own.
Wading pools with very shallow water may seem safe. However, kids (and adults) can still slip and fall on the concrete surrounding them or suffer injuries as the result of electrical defects.
Sometimes, no matter how carefully parents supervise their children when they’re in and around a pool, they can’t prevent an injury that happens in the blink of an eye. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a pool, you may be dealing with significant medical bills, long-term rehabilitation costs, and potentially, a lifetime of medical care and disability. The costs can be astronomical. Of course, these injuries can also have serious emotional costs.
That’s why it’s essential to determine whether the injury could have been prevented by the swimming pool manufacturer or installer or the property owner or manager. An experienced attorney can help you determine whether you have grounds for legal action that can help you recover some of these costs and hold the appropriate people and/or businesses responsible. By doing this, you may be able to help prevent others from suffering similar injuries.