Possible Causes of Pool Accidents

The annual average of fatal, unintentional, non-boating related drownings in the U.S. between 2005 and 2014 was 3,536; boating-related fatalities, on the other hand, was 332.

Drowning, instead of traffic accident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the leading cause of accidental, unintentional death among children five years old and below, and the most common places where these fatal accidents occur (for children under five) are swimming pools and above-ground pools. The most common places of drowning for adults older than 85 and children under age 1, on the other hand, are bath tubs, while for older children and younger adults, drowning most commonly happen in natural bodies of water, such as oceans, rivers and lakes.

Many different factors contribute to unintentional drowning accidents. The most frequently cited factors include:

  • Failure to closely supervise children;
  • Lack of pool barriers that will prevent children from gaining access to the pool area;
  • Failure to wear a life jacket while boating;
  • Lack of basic swimming skills;
  • Seizure disorders;
  • Very slippery steel steps (in the case of above-ground pools) and,
  • Intoxication due to alcohol use.

The worst end-result of drowning is wrongful death of a loved one. Even in situations where it does not result in fatality, the victim can suffer permanent disabilities due to the repercussions of drowning. This is because non-fatal drownings can cause injuries that are serious enough to alter a person’s life. One example of drowning injury is severe brain damage, which can lead to a long-term disability, like memory problems, learning disabilities or permanent loss of basic functioning, which leaves a person in vegetative state.

Victims of drowning include not only those who lack swimming skills. A number of those who can swim well have also had either fatal swimming accidents or non-fatal accidents, but which resulted to serious injuries. One of the greatest dangers involving good swimmers is their carelessness, diving into seawater without actually knowing its real depth or despite strong underwater current.

According to the law firm Evans Moore, while pools can provide a family with a place to have fun, relax, and cool off during the hot summer months, these can also be incredibly dangerous; in fact, these have recently been the cause of several devastating accidents.

Pool accidents often occur due to the fault of the person who owns or manages the resort. An owner’s or manager’s lack of initiative to have lifeguards, carelessness in allowing pool drains to remain uncovered and allowing the installation of poorly designed pool safety features are just a few of the factors that increase risk of drowning accidents. A person, whose action or lack of action leads to a drowning accident makes this person accountable for the harm suffered by a victim; he/she may also be legally required to compensate the victim (and his or her family) for whatever damages this victim will suffer.