Our Chicago injury lawyers know that with the summer months upon us, one of the most popular outdoor activities during this scorching season is to take a dip in a swimming pool. Whether you own one yourself or visit your local community pool, it is a great way for people of all ages to have fun in the sun. Regrettably, sometimes this fun could turn fatal or cause serious brain injury if proper pool safety precautions are ignored.
While not all swimming pool-related accidents result in fatalities, another common injury that may result is a traumatic brain injury. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stoke, a traumatic brain injury is defined as a form of acquired brain injury that results when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. This kind of brain injury can result when the head suddenly, as well as, violently hits an object – or when an object enters the skull and punctures the brain. Pool related brain injuries can result from diving accidents, or even from slip-and-fall accidents that result around pools. Diving is one of the most common causes for neck, spinal, and brain injuries in pools. According to EnjoySwimming.com, a diver can sustain these types of injuries when diving into a too-shallow pool, diving into water they are unfamiliar with, as well as, using incorrect techniques. Injuries, such as those to the brain, may quickly result if a diver fails to heed caution that results in a collision with pool walls.
Our Chicago brain injury attorneys strongly recommend that people of all ages use the utmost caution during these summer months. Tragic swimming pool related injuries can arise from any situation and we strongly recommend using the proper pool safety provided by PoolSafely.gov. It is encouraged that; adults should always pay close attention to their children and be alert while they are in and around the pool, teach children basic water safety tips, and finally install proper equipment and markings for their residential pool to prevent any accidents.