Swimming pools can be great fun on a hot summer day here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Unfortunately, accidents happen. Be alert for potential swimming pool injuries, and know your rights if you or a loved one is injured in a swimming pool accident.
Children and Swimming Pool Injuries in Tarrant County
Unsupervised children are at risk around swimming pools, especially since swimming pool accidents are the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages one to 14. Twenty-five percent of fatal drowning victims were children age 14 and under, and for every drowning fatality in this age range, another four children are treated in the emergency room for non-fatal submersion injuries.
However, swimming pool injuries aren’t inevitable. You can take steps to minimize the potential for swimming pool injuries and keep you and your family safe.
Barriers and Supervision
Residential swimming pools are the leading cause of drowning-related deaths in children from one to four years of age. Never let young children spend time near a pool unsupervised. Add pool fencing or other barriers to prevent young children from accessing the pool when you're not around. The majority of the pool-related fatalities in this age range occurred when one or both parents were present, and the child had been out of the parent’s supervision for less than 5 minutes.
Half of adolescent and adult swimming pool-related deaths involve alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, influences balance and coordination and can combine with heat and sun to amply effects. Refrain from alcohol use near swimming pools to avoid swimming pool injuries. Similarly, alcohol consumption can lessen your ability to supervise children; if you're in charge, be careful not to overindulge.
For people who suffer from seizures, drowning is the most common cause of unintentional injury death. If you or a loved one has a seizure disorder, make sure swimming pool time is always supervised. Having other people around can help prevent unintentional swimming pool injuries and death by enabling them to respond in the event of an emergency.
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Examples of Negligence in Swimming Pool Accidents
- The supervisor hired inadequately trained life guards
- There were obstacles in the water that caused injury or drowning
- The walking surfaces were slick beyond what was reasonable
- The water was dirty or contaminated, leading to illness or injury
- There were construction issues, like exposed drains or raised sidewalks
- There was an obvious error, like the diving board broke
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