Accidents at a swimming pool often simply consist of slips, trips and falls on wet pool surroundings. There are, however, some dangers below the surface of the water that can have far more serious, even fatal, outcomes.
- Intake pipes
The intake pipes of current pools, for example, have enough power to suck a person in and trap them long enough to drown them. This may be hard to believe, but a pool accident like this cost a seven-year old her life in Japan in 2006.
- Pool drains
Pool drains can also suck in and trap people. Occasionally, it is even possible for a person to be disembowelled by the powerful suction of these drains. Tragically, this was proven when another seven year old girl had part of her small intestine sucked out of her body through her rectum in Minnesota. Surgeons tried to save her life by replacing her liver, intestines and pancreas with donor organs. The girl died nine months later (March 2008), after developing a transplant-related form of cancer.
- Parasite infection
Poorly maintained pools may be contaminated by faeces. This in turn may cause unsuspecting swimmers to be infected with cryptosporidium, a parasite likely to cause gastroenteritis-type illnesses with symptoms including sickness and diarrhoea.
- Holiday horror
Algae on the bottom of badly maintained pools could cause a person to slip, lose consciousness and drown. A 17-year old on holiday in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, slipped in a pool ridden with algae and knocked himself out. By the time he was spotted in the murky water, he had drowned.
- Stepped depths
The odd shapes and staggered depths of hotel pools can also be the cause of potentially life-changing personal injuries. Not realising how shallow the water is in places could all too easily result in someone suffering severe head or spinal injuries. A young American woman learned this the hard way when falling into seemingly deep water and striking the bottom head first. Her injuries paralysed her from the chest down.
Fortunately, not all poolside injuries are life-changing or fatal. Even comparatively minor injuries sustained by slipping, tripping or falling can, however, ruin a holiday or make it necessary to take time off work. If you suffered an injury on holiday or at your local swimming pool, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Get helpful advice and no win no fee* legal assistance from Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice