Warm weather means more of us will be visiting swimming pools by ourselves or with family and friends. Each year, there are cases of severe injuries or deaths that occur while people are enjoying public or private swimming pools. It is important to remember that this favorite summer pastime can come with risks. Common swimming pool hazards include but are not limited to:
- Drowning. There are several types of hazards that can lead to drowning. Children could use a pool while unsupervised if it lacks proper fencing or barriers. Some pools may not have lifesaving equipment (such as a lifesaver).
- Diseases. Multiple types of pathogens can lurk in public or private swimming pools. E. coli bacteria in pools, such as the type that produces shiga toxins, can lead to severe health complications or death. The infamous “brain-eating amoeba” may also be found in unsanitary swimming pools (or other bodies of water) during warm weather months.
- Electrocution. Poor maintenance practices and other factors can lead to electrocutions at swimming pools. Faulty wiring can electrocute swimmers. Pool lights may be a deadly source of electricity.
- Exposure to chemicals. While chlorine is necessary to sanitize pools, excessive amounts can lead to serious health problems. Pool chemicals can also be left somewhere where they are accessible to children.
- Inadequate lighting or signage. Swimmers may injure themselves after diving into shallow water. Poor lighting or a lack of warning signs can cause this type of accident.
Who Is Liable for a Swimming Pool Accident?
Depending on the circumstances, one or more parties can be liable for swimming pool injuries and deaths. Residential property owners, businesses and pool maintenance companies are examples of parties that may be liable.
If you or a loved one suffered harm while using a public or private swimming pool, then you should reach out to an attorney. Austin premises liability attorney Aaron Allison could help you determine whether it is possible to seek damages for a swimming pool accident.