Swimming pools present one of the most serious potential risks in homes and public locations such as hotels. That risk falls into two main categories:
Deep end/shallow end — An unfortunately large number of people dive into the shallow end of a swimming pool and strike their heads on the bottom. This type of accident can cause very severe injuries, including paralysis from a broken neck, brain damage or possibly death if the person is knocked unconscious and no one is there to pull him or her from the water.
Lack of supervision — Many hotels do not have supervision at their swimming pools. If they do have supervision, it may be a maintenance person who has other responsibilities that will prevent him or her from being at the poolside at all times. Every time that person takes his or her eyes off the swimming pool, he or she is creating a risk of drowning. Just because there is a sign at the swimming pool stating that you are swimming at your own risk, that is not necessarily the case. Such liability is actually governed by local statute. Talk with an attorney to find out more.
Swimming pool accidents can cause several types of injuries, including:
Near drowning (brain damage from being submerged for an extended period)
Spinal cord injuries
It is important that you choose an attorney who understands the issues surrounding swimming pool accident injuries.
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