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4 Common Swimming Pool Injuries and How to Avoid Them This Labor Day

Labor Day is the last of the summer holidays; a day where everyone comes together for one final BBQ by the pool. While you may be eager to take a dip, you should also take stock in the potential dangers at the swimming pool.

Below, we take a look at the top four most common swimming pool injuries and how to avoid them.

1.Drowning

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 300 drowning deaths and more than 2,700 ER visits involving pools and spas each year. The depth of a pool makes no difference when it comes to possible drownings. In order to minimize drowning accidents by the pool, parents are encouraged to keep a close eye on young swimmers. Children who aren’t strong swimmers should wear proper flotation devices and be monitored to ensure they keep them on while in the pool. Adults should never swim while intoxicated or alone.

2.Head Trauma

There is a reason lifeguards at public pools prohibit people from diving in the shallow end. Doing so could result in a traumatic brain injury. If the diver’s head impacts with the surface of the water (like a belly flop) or if they dive to the bottom of the pool, they could become seriously injured.

Outcomes of a pool-related head injury include:

  1. pain;
  2. unconsciousness;
  3. long-term disability; or
  4. death.

To avoid a traumatic head injury, never dive in the shallow area of the pool.

3.Slip & Falls

A slip and fall accident can occur wherever there are wet conditions and tripping hazards. The moment the concrete around the pool becomes slick with water, the tripping hazard increases. Children and adults should be encouraged to walk if they aren’t wearing shoes with traction on the sole to avoid slipping and falling near the pool. While there is still a chance a person walking by the pool could slip, the chance of severe injury greatly decreases.

4.Eye Injuries

It’s important for pool owners to maintain the level of chemicals and bacteria in the water. Too many chemicals can cause eye irritation to swimmers and too little can cause eye infections. Both experiences are unpleasant and could lead to permanent blindness if severe enough. To minimize the risk, swimmers should always wear goggles while swimming under water and rinse their eyes out with fresh water after they are finished in the pool.

The Gilbert Law Group, P.C. Can Help You

If you are a guest at a party this Labor Day and end up with a pool-related injury, our firm is here to help. We are dedicated to our clients needs and will work with you to seek full compensation for your injuries.

Call our firm today at (888) 711-5947 or contact us online for a case evaluation.

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