While a visit to a swimming pool can be great fun, there are many dangers to be aware of. Many people are hurt, and some are killed each year in private and public pools. By understanding the type of injuries that have happened to others, you can take steps to avoid them happening to you or your family:
- Cut toes or feet: This may occur due to a broken tile either in or around the pool.
- Head injuries: These can be caused by slipping or falling.
- A broken arm or wrist: This often happens when someone puts a hand out to stop a fall on a slippery surface.
- Spinal injury: Diving into a pool and hitting bottom could leave you paralyzed. Pools should have accurate depth markings to indicate where it is safe to dive. Empty or half full pools should also have signs to let people know there is a lack of water.
- Electrocution: There is often electricity in the area of pools, and a fault or a misplaced cable could send a charge into the pool, harming or killing anyone inside.
- Traumatic brain injury: This could occur if a pool filter explodes and pieces hit you in the head. Others have been blinded or suffered other injuries as a result of the flying shrapnel.
- Drowning: While small children are most at risk, anyone can drown in a pool. It does not have to be deep either. A strong swimmer could bang their head and fall into the pool, face down and unconscious. Pool parties with alcohol or drugs can be especially dangerous.
If you suffer a swimming pool injury, you may consider filing a claim under the Illinois Premises Liability Act. An experienced attorney can examine your case and see if you meet the conditions to seek compensation.