It is well known how important the spinal cord is to human motor function and to other important bodily functions as well as how catastrophic an injury to this vital organ can be. Swimming pool accidents present a special risk of paralysis and other spinal injuries due to the tendency of victims to make contact with their heads or faces against pool surfaces or structures. Paralyzed victims are unable to swim to the surface of the swimming pool following an accident, which can also result in drowning or brain damage caused by depletion of oxygen to the brain.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries Involving Pool Accidents
Spinal injuries can occur both in and out of the water and are often the result of a lack of proper pool safety measures to prevent slips and falls or defective swimming pools, diving boards or water slides. Common injuries include the following.
- Injuries to the head and spine caused by diving into a shallow end of a pool and striking the head against the pool floor. The downward slope of the pool can contribute to the risk of head or spinal injury if the slope does not meet the specifications prescribed by Illinois swimming pool law.
- Striking the head against a surface following a slip or a fall. Slips or falls on pool decks can occur on ladders, diving boards, water slides, pool decks or while in the pool itself.
- Blunt trauma caused by another swimmer diving or jumping into the pool and colliding with the victim. Having a trained lifeguard on greatly reduces the risk that swimmers will behave recklessly and lifeguards are able to remove people from the premises who pose a safety risk to others.
Cost of Medical Care Necessitated By A Spinal Cord Injury
Ongoing care for spinal injuries can range from $15,000-$30,000 each year and depending on the severity of the injury and the form of paralysis, a lifetime of care can cost up to $3 million. In addition to the financial burden is the pain and suffering and lost wages that come from a complete change of lifestyle and inability to perform what were once simple tasks. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal injury because of a pool accident, it is important that you speak with an accident attorney about your case.
In many cases, the circumstances leading to the injury could have been prevented and the pool operator may be responsible. Whenever the owner of a facility is aware of a safety issue and fails to correct it, the owner is liable for any injuries that occur on the premises. An experienced swimming pool accident attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide you with a free evaluation to determine the value of your case and what the next course of action should be.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation so that we can fight for you to recover the compensation you are entitled to, for the cost of your medical care, pain and suffering and abrupt change to the quality of your life. We will be with you every step of the way and if we are unable to collect damages on your behalf, our services are free.