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Texas swimming pools can pose risks of injury and death

Swimming pools have long been popular places to beat the heat of a Texas summer. But as we discussed in a previous post, anyone using a pool, and especially anyone supervising young children, needs to be aware of the hazards and take appropriate precautions. There are a number of causes of injury and death in swimming pools, including drowning, non-fatal submersion injuries, head injuries, disembowelment and evisceration.

Accidental drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages one through four. For those between one and 14, it is the second-most-common cause of death from an unintentional injury. Non-fatal submersion injuries are even more common, and result in numerous emergency room visits.

Traumatic brain injury is another common hazard in swimming pools. Serious head injuries are often the result of diving accidents. Brain injuries can result in severe and life-long complications. Disembowelment and evisceration by pool drains is tragically common. A child sitting on a pool drain is at risk of catastrophic internal injuries which often prove fatal.

When a loved one is killed in a swimming pool accident, family members may have the right to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Swimming pool owners and operators can be held liable on theories including premises liability and negligence. In some cases there may be a viable product liability claim against a designer or manufacturer of pool equipment. Damages can include compensation for loss of companionship and loss of support. Individuals and families with questions may wish to consult an experienced personal injury law firm.

Source: Findlaw, "Swimming Pool Injuries," accessed June 14, 2015

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