Summer is the perfect time for swimming, especially in South Dakota’s hot, muggy weather. The state’s numerous lakes, rivers and swimming holes are popular options, but many people prefer to swim in public or private pools. Swimming pools do not have dangerous currents or wildlife to contend with, but they can still be the source of serious injuries.
To help you remain safe this summer, we will go over some of the most common injuries associated with swimming pools.
Watch out for these common injuries
Some injuries tend to occur at swimming pools more than others. These include:
- Traumatic brain injury: Several incidents can cause traumatic brain injuries, including diving and hitting one’s head on the bottom of the pool or slipping and falling on wet concrete.
- Evisceration: Some pool drains have very strong suction. Sitting on top of these drains can result in disembowelment and evisceration.
- Electrocution: Many people bring an electrical device like a radio out to their pool. Sadly, this can result in serious electrocution accidents.
- Drowning: Sadly, drownings do happen—especially in summer. Some drownings even occur when there is a lifeguard or other safety official present.
You can prevent many of these injuries by taking sensible precautions. Do not swim without a partner, and do not swim in unsafe conditions. If you see a scenario that is not safe, contact the police.
What to do if injured in a swimming pool
Even the most cautious of people can suffer an accident. If you are injured at a swimming pool, this is what you should do:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Call the police to have them file an accident report
- Get the name and contact information of the owner of the pool
- Do not speak to any insurance company representatives
- Contact a personal injury attorney
After an injury, you may have many expenses. You have the right to speak to a lawyer about recovering compensation for medical treatment, pain and suffering and other damages.