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Common Causes of Swimming and Diving Accidents

Swimming and diving accidents are unfortunately common incidents that affect thousands of Americans every year. These accidents are particularly prevalent during the summer months and inflict injuries on children more often than adults. These types of injuries may involve drowning, head trauma, brain damage, broken bones, and a number of other injuries. It is important to know the common causes that lead to these injuries so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones, especially as the summer months approach and swimming becomes a more common pastime. A few of the leading causes of these accidents are listed below.

  • Lack of supervision of children: One of the leading causes of serious swimming and diving injuries among children, drowning especially, is the lack of proper supervision of children by their caretakers, whether that be parents, lifeguards, child care providers, or anyone else responsible for the well being of the child swimming. If not watched, children may swim out too far into the deep end or become too tired to keep swimming. They may also take swimming and diving risks that could result in broken bones and head trauma.
  • Missing safety equipment or warning signs: If there are not proper safety measures in place, swimming and diving accidents are more likely to occur. For example, at public pools, there should be tiled signs by the pool where it is not safe to dive and markers that indicate the depth of the water. If these are not in place, someone may dive in a part of the pool that is too shallow, which could result in serious head injury and even death. Having lifeguards stationed and available floatation devices are additional safety measures that can prevent injury and death.
  • Improper pool maintenance: Pools must be maintained to keep them in safe conditions, and failure to do this can result in injury and death for swimmers. This includes making sure there are not any dangerous objects in or around the pool, keeping the pool clean and sanitized, and ensuring the pool and surrounding areas are clean, safe, and working properly.

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If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured from a swimming or diving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses you have suffered. Pool owners and managers are required to keep their pool safe and in working condition, and they can and should be held legally accountable for their failure to do so when it results in injury. No one should have to suffer the physical, emotional, and financial burdens that swimming and diving accidents cause, and we can help. If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®‘s qualified Madison personal injury attorneys, please contact us at (414) 271-0900 today.