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Updated by Fusion 360 on Jun 26, 2014
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Common Pool Injuries

It's summer, and families from Georgia to Utah are heading to the pool in an effort to beat the heat. Unfortunately, there are plenty of poolside injuries (and even deaths) that occur every day, and personal injury lawyers often get involved in legal issues related to pool accidents. Here are just a few pool injuries to watch out for and prevent at the pool.

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Drowning

Drowning

Nine people drown every day in the United States, and one to four times that many are hospitalized for near-drowning experiences. Studies have found that placing a fence around home swimming pools decreases the risk for drowning by 50 to 90 percent. Not placing a fence around a residential pool can lead to the owner being held liable by personal injury lawyers.

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Strangulation

Strangulation

Pool-cleaning hoses can easily trap a swimmer, wrapping around them to cause strangulation or drowning.

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Diving Boards

Diving Boards

Diving board accidents most often occur at public pools. Broken bones, spinal injuries and neck injuries are the most common result of these mishaps.

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No Running

No Running

There's a reason lifeguards everywhere, from Utah to Vermont, always tell children to not run at the pool. The slick surface makes it easy to slip and fall, which can lead to cuts and even broken bones.

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Electrocution (Pool Lights)

Electrocution (Pool Lights)

There have been a few instances where swimmers have been electrocuted after coming in contact with pool lights that were improperly installed or maintained. In these cases, personal injury lawyers often are able to prove the pool owner's negligence.

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Dangerous Drains

Dangerous Drains

Pool and hot tub drains have led to many injuries and even deaths over the years. These incidents have occurred when a swimmer's hair or other body part gets trapped in the suction drain, often leading to drowning deaths or other physical harm.

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Pool Covers

Pool Covers

Pool covers are another reason why fencing in residential pools is important. Children have been known to become trapped in pool covers and drown when they are unable to escape and get out of the water.

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Chemical Problems

Chemical Problems

Various chemicals are added to swimming pools to control pH levels and kill germs. However, injuries to swimmers may occur if too much chlorine is added.

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Writer

Writer

Kevin Johnson writes for Adams Davis PC. He is a writer for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah.

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