If you live in South Florida, owning a pool is almost mandatory with our year-round warm weather. Having a backyard swimming pool is perfect for entertaining, great for exercising and provides kids and adults with a refreshing way to cool off when temperatures get unseasonably hot. Along with all the fun a pool provides, there are some risks as well, including accidental drowning and swimming pool injury accidents. Unfortunately, Florida ranks as one of the highest for swimming pool drowning accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nonfatal diving and falls accidents can have serious repercussions including head injury, concussion, spinal cord injury (SCI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Swimming Pool Accidents Resulting in Spinal Cord Injury
Diving accidents cause over 800 spinal cord injuries per year. Many adults, and more often, children, don’t think before they dive into a pool. They overestimate the depth of the pool and dive in first, when it’s incredibly dangerous to do so. This can cause neck injury, spinal injury, paralysis, and even death. A spinal cord injury is a type of injury to the spinal cord caused by trauma rather than from disease. Depending on where the spinal cord and nerve roots were damaged, the symptoms can vary from pain to paralysis to incontinence. Spinal cord injuries are categorized along a continuum from ‘incomplete’, which can have no effect all the way to a ‘complete’ injury, which means a total loss of function. Many medical professionals use the ASIA (American Spinal Injury Association) Impairment Scale to measure the extent of injury
Diving Accidents Resulting In Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can also be caused by people diving head first into a shallow swimming pool. Around 30 out of 100,000 people, die from TBI, however, the long-term effects of TBI can be very severe and life-changing as well. A TBI is caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts brain function such as from diving into a too shallow pool. It can affect memory, judgment, sleep patterns, reflexes, speech, coordination, balance and behavior (personality changes, aggression, acting out, etc.). The severity of a TBI may range from ‘mild,’ i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to ‘severe,’ i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. Concussions are a common type of traumatic brain injury.
When Pool Owners Fail to Take Precautions
If you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident whether it be a neck injury from diving, a fall against the rim of the pool or as the result of faulty equipment, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. The right lawyer can provide you with clear and concise answers to your questions and concerns about pursuing your claim. While every case is highly individual, we have a solid track record for the cases we’ve worked on.
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