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How can swimming pool-related injuries be prevented?

The summer is nearly here, and with the hotter weather on its way, that means that pools are open and ready to use. Swimming pool injuries are often thought of as something that only happens to children who goof around, but the truth is that many people are injured every year. Before this year's pool season, take time to understand the risks pools pose.

Every year, there are around 283 drowning deaths in the United States. Additionally, around 2,700 people go to the emergency room as a result of submersion-related injuries.

The sad part about the injuries is that they are the leading cause of death for children between 1 and 14. How can these injuries and deaths be prevented?

The first thing that pool owners need is a fence around the pool to prevent children from entering without permission or supervision. Next, there should be properly working drains to keep surfaces as dry as possible. Things such as filters inside the pool should have doors to prevent entrapment.

By preventing slip-and-fall accidents with proper drainage and gritty flooring for better friction, it's easier to prevent serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or broken bones. Slip-and-fall injuries have the potential to land a child in the pool, potentially leading to drowning if there is no supervision.

After a swimming pool injury, you may need extensive therapy and time for recovery. With the right support, your attorney can help you pursue a claim for compensation. You were hurt due to negligence, and you deserve to hold the negligent party liable.

Source: FindLaw, "Swimming Pool Injuries," accessed May 30, 2017

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