If you’re anything like everyone else in Massachusetts, to escape the oppressive summer heat, you and your family head to the pool or the beach on a regular basis. Indeed, especially for parents of young children, spending time at the pool can be a fantastic daytime activity that’s fun and inexpensive. But going to the pool isn’t without risks; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains data about the number of drowning and near-drowning incidents reported each year, as well as other pool-related concerns, like cryptosporidiosis.

If you or your child suffers a pool-related injury this summer, it’s important that you know what your rights are and what steps to take next. Massachusetts personal injury attorneys at the office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. can help.

Common Pool-related Accidents and Injuries

Consider the following most common pool-related accidents and injuries–

Drowning. Drowning is by and far the largest pool-related concern – the CDC reports that an average of 10 people per day drown in the United States, and that one in five drowning victims is a child age 14 or younger. For every child who dies of drowning, five times that number receive emergency room care for non-fatal submersion injuries.

Slip and falls. Running near a pool isn’t recommended – surfaces are often wet, which means that running increases the risk of slipping and falling, which could lead to injuries such as a traumatic brain injury or bone fracture injury.

Heatstroke. In addition to the risks of drowning or slipping and falling, the heat of the summer can be a serious health hazard at the pool, too. While older adults and children under two are the most at risk of heatstroke, anyone can experience heat stroke, which can be fatal. Stay in the shade, cover up, and drink plenty of water.

Parasite exposure and bacterial infections. Finally, the pool may be fun, but it can also be a place where bacteria and parasites flourish. For example, the number of disease outbreaks involving cryptosporidiosis (crypto) has increased by about 13 percent each year. Crypto is chlorine-resistant and can survive for days, making it especially dangerous and infectious.

Who’s Liable for a Pool-related Accident and Injury?

If you or your child has suffered harm while spending time at the pool this summer, you may be able to bring a case against the party responsible for maintaining the pool (i.e. a private property owner or a municipality). In order to do so, you’ll have to prove that a dangerous condition existed and that the property owner knew or should have known of the condition, yet did nothing to remedy it. For example, failing to monitor for levels of crypto, failing to provide lifeguards, or failing to maintain walking areas surrounding the pool in a safe condition may all be examples of negligence that warrant a personal injury claim.

Call Our Lawyers for Help

We hope that you have a safe and accident-free summer, and that visits to the pool are nothing but enjoyable. If you or a loved one is harmed, though, don’t hesitate to call our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers for a free consultation and information about your rights. You can reach us online or by calling 617-973-9950 today.