Swimming Pool Defects and Their Dangers

Swimming pools are popular recreational areas, especially during the summer. For this reason, many people are also vulnerable to accidents and injuries. Many of the swimming pool accidents that occur are caused by defects on the swimming pool itself.
According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, pool owners or managers may be legally responsible for the damages and may be required to compensate you for the medical expenses related to the injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses.

Common Defects
Defects may involve the swimming pool itself or the equipment or service that complement it. For the swimming pool itself, the defects may involve the drains, pumps, and pool filters, putting swimmers in danger of suction entrapment, drowning, and explosion and shrapnel injuries.

Defective equipment may include diving boards, ladders, and slides. Even slippery swimming pool edges and the lack of barriers can be considered defects. Slippery edges can cause slip and fall accidents, and the victims may sustain injuries in the head, neck, back, arms, legs, or hips. The lack of barriers make the pool too accessible for children and the elderly, putting them at risk of falling and drowning.

Service problems around pool areas include inadequate security, lack of supervision for the physically limited, such as the children and elderly, and the lack of available safety equipment and warning signs.

Common Injuries
Drowning is the most common issue associated with swimming pool accidents, but it is important to note that not all swimming pool accidents involve drowning. Swimmers may also be vulnerable to injuries to the head, neck, shoulders, and back, because of slip and fall accidents and unsafe diving practices. Muscle and joint issues, such as sprains, can also be sustained because of slippery substances on the edge of the pool or on the floor of the pool itself.

Some injuries are also not that animated, such as those that involve chlorine, other disinfectants, and water-born bacteria. This may cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and on the worst instances, to the lungs.