The saddest statistics about swimming pool accidents are those that the CDC includes in their statistics about unintentional drownings. They show that children 14 years old and younger are one in five or 20% of the people who accidentally drown each year. Some of these drownings take place in bathtubs and they are not including boating accident drownings in this study. However, swimming pool accidents are very prevalent for this age group. There are many who are saved from drowning but still have suffered brain damage that can lead to learning disabilities or loss of most brain function and a need for a lifetime of care.
There are other older people that also have drowned included here but in many of those cases it is due to a slip and fall that leads to a head injury and the sufferer falls in alone and drowns. The children can fall victim to the pool left unattended or not properly fenced and that makes it in insurance terms an “attractive hazard”.
The improper care paid to the pool area with too many toys and other objects around can be the cause of other injuries to those of all ages and not properly labeling the deep end of the pool can cause diving injuries. Diving accidents make up about 3 to 5 percent of all spinal cord injuries from 2003 to 2010 according to research by the University of Alabama Birmingham National Spinal Cord Statistical Center.
Then there are also situations where alcohol is ingested by adults and younger people that contribute to the accidents that happen around pools all over the Houston area each summer. If a family member has had the misfortune to go through one of these life-altering events like a diving injury or accidental drowning or resultant brain damage, there could have been negligence on the part of the pool owner. Contact the Lassiter Law Firm to discuss this problem with our team of pool accident experts and we will help you find compensation for your pain and suffering.