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Common causes of swimming pool injuries and deaths

If you have a relative, acquaintance or neighbor with a swimming pool, it is a good idea to educate yourself about swimming pool injuries and deaths. That way, they may never happen to you. And if you have children, you should be keeping them safe, too.

Insufficient fencing

Children-even many adults-do not let the fact that a pool is another person's property deter them when they want to go swimming. This idea is so common that it has its own term-attractive nuisance. And many times, inadequate fencing or broken latches make accessing a pool much easier than it should have been. Whatever happens after that, be it a child hitting his head on the diving board or drowning, may never have occurred if adequate protection had been present in the first place. Property owners can be found liable even if they did not mean for anyone to be in the pool.

Poor security for swimmers or no security

Likewise, many people die in swimming pools or suffer injury due to poor security or no security. This could take the form of no lifeguard at a public pool or an intoxicated chaperone, among other things. Similarly, the pool area may not have good security warnings or may present clear hazards.

Poor security can also take the form of a distracted adult. Parents engrossed in reading a novel or in chatting on the cellphone may not notice a child is drowning.

Bad swimming ability

Another cause of injuries and deaths is a lack of swimming ability. With adequate protection and supervision, this often is not a problem. However, it quickly becomes one, for example, when a poor swimmer is left unsupervised even for a few minutes when someone goes to answer a phone call. Nor do flotation devices or air-filled toys keep someone safe; they are not life jackets.

Solo swimming

People, especially children, should not swim alone. Always let someone know if you are going to be swimming by yourself-where, when and for how long.


Swimming while under the influence heightens the risk of injury. For example, you may be more likely to slip on the diving board or to stay underwater. Similarly, if you are also chaperoning, alcohol dulls your reaction time.

The above list gives you a good idea of what commonly leads to swimming pool injuries and deaths. Talking with your children about safe swimming practices goes a long way, but if you have already been injured, getting in touch with an attorney can help you get any compensation you deserve.

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