During June, July and August, pool accidents are common across the United States as thousands of young children flock to swimming pools to enjoy their summer vacation. Unfortunately, drowning
is the second leading cause of death among children under 14 years of age. Safety organizations, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are beginning to issue more warnings about the importance of pool safety
. One issue gaining more attention is the dangers of defective swimming pool drains.
According to the CPSC, since 1980, dozens of children between the ages of two and 14 have been injured or died due to body part entrapment involving the drain of a swimming pool, wading pool, or spa. Under normal conditions, pipes leading from a pool's drain, or into the pool's pumps, draw water from the pool creating suction. If something blocks the pool drain leading into this pipe, the amount of suction will increase as the pump draws water past the obstruction. This increased suction can entrap parts of a person's body, causing the person to be held underwater, which often leads to brain damage because of lack of oxygen. In wading pools, if a child sits on the drain outlet, the suction can cause disembowelment.
If you are a victim of a poolside or other aquatic accident, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Pool Accidents
- Broken Bones: Overview
- Bruises: Overview
- Dislocation: Overview
- Drowning: Overview
- Head & Brain Injury
- Mouth & Dental Disorders: Overview
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Overview
- Scars: Overview
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Wounds: Overview