Tampa Swimming Pool Injuries and Drowning
The summer months are prime times for water activities. People of all ages enjoy swimming in pools and spas at their own homes, at community pools, at water parks, at hotels, and at other people’s homes.
While swimming pools can be fun, there is a huge risk of danger when using them. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in the world. In the United States alone, more than 3,500 people die from drowning every year.
Don’t let your family become victims. Keep yourself and your children safe. If you or someone you love has been a victim of drowning or swimming pool injuries, contact the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson to file a claim for compensation.
What Makes Someone More Likely to Drown?
Even the strongest swimmer could drown under the wrong circumstances. A person is more likely to drown due to the following factors:
Lack of skill. Learning to swim takes time. Children should start swim lessons at an early age to learn the basics. The more they practice, the better they will get over time. Children who take swim lessons are less likely to drown or suffer a swimming-related injury.
Lack of supervision. Even if a child takes swim lessons, they should still be supervised by an adult who knows how to swim. Taking your eyes off a child for just one minute can lead to serious injuries or fatality.
Alcohol use. Alcohol use is associated with water recreation injuries and deaths. Alcohol affects judgment and makes a person lose balance and engage in inappropriate behavior, which can cause a person to get injured while in or around a pool or while boating.
A common issue in pools and spas is circulation entrapment. This occurs when a swimmer—typically a child— is trapped by the suction generated by water rushing out of a pool or spa drain. A swimmer can get injured when their hair, jewelry, or accessories get caught in the drain. In some cases, they can even get an arm or a leg stuck. Safely, this situation often causes serious injuries or even death.
Prevent drownings and pool injuries with these tips:
- Enroll children in swim lessons.
- Require that children who do not know how to swim wear life jackets.
- Learn CPR.
- Put a fence all the way around the pool to keep out children.
- Do not allow running around the pool.
- Only allow swimming when there is supervision.
- Do not allow children to dive head first.
- Do not play around drains.
Contact Us Today
Summertime is meant for swimming, but unfortunately, many injuries and deaths occur around swimming pools and spas. Do what you can to protect yourself and your family, especially young children.
If your or your child’s swimming accident occurred due to someone else’s negligence, seek
legal help from the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson. Schedule a consultation today by calling 813-251-0072 or filling out the online form.