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Tips to Stay Safe at the Pool this Summer

Summer is right around the corner and as the weather gets warmer, many of us head outside to have fun in swimming pools. Swimming is a great way to stay cool and get some exercise on the hot days of summer. But sometimes, using a swimming pool can lead to an injury. Victims can fall from broken ladders and diving boards, slip on tiled surfaces around swimming pools, suffer injuries involving pool filters, and drown in pool water. When an injury or death occurs because of a pool owner’s negligence, the victim or his or her loved ones may seek compensation for their damages through a premises liability claim.

Reduce your chance of being injured at the pool this summer by observing the following safety tips. If you are a parent or the caregiver of a young child, discuss these safety tips in depth with the child to help him or her make safe choices at the pool. But even children who are strong swimmers and know how to keep safe should be supervised at all times in and around swimming pools.

Always Keep the Following in Mind

Do not run near the pool. Tiled surfaces can easily become slippery;Do not use the pool if you are intoxicated or under the influence of any other drug, such as a sleep aid;Know your limits. If you are not comfortable treading water, do not go into an area of the pool that is deeper than you are tall; and

Keep hands, feet, and children away from pool filters and drains.

If You are Injured at a Pool

If you are injured at a swimming pool, whether it is a public pool or a friend’s pool, get out of the water and notify somebody immediately. If the pool has a lifeguard, notify the lifeguard. At a private pool, notify the owner. In any case, call 911 if it is an emergency or treat the injury with a first aid kit if it is not.

Take photographs of the injury and the equipment involved in the accident. If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, these are important pieces of evidence for you to use. Other pieces of evidence include testimonies from witnesses to the accident and if there is an official accident or police report, as there would be at a public pool, this document. Seek medical attention from a doctor as soon as possible after the accident, then speak with a personal injury attorney about your options for pursuing a claim.

Work with a La Crosse Personal Injury Attorney

If you or your child are injured in a swimming pool-related injury this summer, know that you can seek monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about this option, contact our team of experienced La Crosse personal injury attorneys at Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd. to set up your initial legal consultation with us. We are here to answer your questions and provide you with the legal representation and guidance you need for a successful personal injury claim.

Published June 2, 2016
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