August 25th, 2021|
When you visit a swimming pool, whether it’s owned by a friend, family member, hotel, or governmental body, you expect to be safe from hazards. But despite being potentially dangerous places for kids and adults alike, not all swimming pools are properly maintained to maximize guests’ safety.
Potential injuries that can occur at swimming pools include:
- Slip and fall injuries—The area around swimming pools should be kept clear of trip hazards, and the ground should be made of a material that doesn’t get too slippery when it’s wet.
- Cuts—Broken glass is a major hazard near swimming pools. It’s banned at most public pools, and when it isn’t, guests can be seriously injured if they step on broken shards.
- Chemical burns—Chlorine and other cleaning chemicals are necessary to keep pools in usable condition, but they must be used in the right amount. When too much is used, guests can be seriously injured.
- Illnesses—On the flip side, when pools aren’t cleaned properly or too little chlorine is used, the water can become full of harmful bacteria and viruses that can make guests sick or develop infections.
- Drowning—The most tragic of all swimming pool incidents, drowning is a major risk factor for children when lifeguards aren’t present or when pools aren’t properly fenced in and inaccessible to them.
At Ponce Law, we know all too well that idyllic summer days spent poolside can quickly turn tragic when basic safety precautions aren’t followed. When tragedy occurs, it’s our goal to hold negligent property owners accountable. If you or someone you love was injured at a pool this summer, contact our Nashville swimming pool accident attorneys today.
August 14th, 2015|
Most of us are aware of the safety risks associated with swimming, but we may not recognize unseen dangers in the water, such as parasites and bacteria.
The Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that one of the waterborne pathogens swimmers should be concerned about is a parasite called Cryptosporidium—otherwise known as Crypto. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the number of diagnosed cases of Crypto contracted from swimming pools has increased by more than double since 2004.
Experts contend that pool maintenance regimens are to blame for the increase in the parasite. An article from Slate Magazine explains Crypto can live in chlorinated water for weeks. This is only compounded by the fact that one in eight swimming pools is in violation of public health ordinances.
Swimming pools can be outfitted with equipment that can sanitize the water, but the process can be extremely expensive.
So, what can you do to prevent Crypto infections? The answer is simple—don’t defecate in the water and don’t swim in potentially contaminated areas. Crypto is spread through fecal matter, so it’s vital that parents teach their children to exit the water anytime they need to use the restroom. Caution should also be taken when swimming in natural waterways and swimming holes.
The legal staff at Ponce Law recognizes the serious threat waterborne pathogens can pose to swimmers. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe in the water this summer.
June 15th, 2015|
Swimming Pool Dangers
It’s been especially hot in Middle Tennessee over the past several days. With the mercury rising, many residents are looking for relief from the heat by the pool. The Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain it’s important to keep safety in mind by the swimming pool. That’s why we’d like to make you aware of some of one of the greatest risks you will face near a swimming pool—diving accidents.
Going into the water headfirst can be a hazard if you don’t know the water’s depth. Almost 60 percent of swimming pool diving accidents occur in less than four feet of water. Around 17 percent of diving accidents are the result of attempting to do difficult tricks. Surprisingly, diving boards are very rarely a contributing factor to diving accidents, considering less than ten percent of diving injuries or fatalities involve a diving board.
To bring into perspective just how common diving accidents are, Smokey Barn News reports that an Orlinda, Tennessee, man was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center after being involved in a diving accident at a Robertson County pool yesterday.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law encourage you to never swim alone or run near the pool. Also, remember not to dive into the water unless you know it’s at least 12 feet deep.
May 18th, 2015|
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means many swimming pools across Tennessee will begin opening. The Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to remind citizens of the importance of spreading awareness about pool safety—especially among children.
Statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show an estimated ten people die as the result of an unintentional drowning each day. Of these fatalities, one in five people are children under age 14.
The risk of drowning was underscored by a swimming pool accident in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, over the weekend. The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, in the Willoughby Station subdivision.
Reports from WKRN 2 News indicate the 3-year-old victim was found unresponsive in the water by his parents and was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. The victim is now recovering.
Our Nashville personal injury lawyers would also like to remind citizens about a few rules to remember when at the poo to stay safe:
- Stay Supervised-Always have an adult on hand watching over swimmers anytime anyone is in the pool.
- Get A Gate– Enclosing your pool area with a fence and gate can significantly reduce the chances of a swimming pool accident occurring.
- Have Rescue Tools Handy– Every pool should have flotation devices and other rescue tools readily available in case an accident should occur.
- Obey Pool Rules– Taking actions such as refraining from running on the pool deck and not consuming alcohol while swimming can also significantly reduce the chances of an accident.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer!