With May finally here and the summer months around the corner, many people in the Charleston area are looking forward to spending time with friends and family eak from the heat at the pool. It is important to keep in mind that going to the pool exposes people to a risk of serious injury, so it is a good idea to review the ways you can keep yourself and your family safe each year before summer begins. Here are some tips from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding pool and swimming safety:

  • Never leave children unattended in or around pools or bodies of water
  • Take the time to teach your children how to swim
  • Teach children to stay away from pool drains
  • Make sure that any pool you visit – including private and public pools – have drain covers that are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act
  • Install appropriate alarms, barriers, and covers on and around your spa and pool
  • Learn how to perform CPR on both adults and children
  • Take the CPSC Pool Safety Pledge


Pool-Related Injuries May Be Legally Actionable

Unfortunately, accidents can occur even when you are as careful as you possibly can be, as there is no accounting for the carelessness or negligence of others. As a result, many people who are injured this summer in pool-related accidents will be entitled to significant compensation for the injuries and other losses they sustain as a result of their accident. Some of the more common causes of pool accidents that entitle victims to file a claim include the following:

  • A lack of adequate signage notifying pool users of hazards, pool depths, or the fact that there is no lifeguard on duty
  • Debris in pools
  • Defective pool equipment
  • Unreasonably slippery pool decks
  • Lack of proper pool maintenance
  • Using substandard pool safety equipment
  • Failure to properly secure a pool or spa


Call the Hartman Law Firm Today to Speak to a Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or your child has sustained an injury in a pool accident, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer Frank Hartman, call our office today at 843-300-7600 or contact us online.