Pool Drain Dangers
Community and neighborhood pools are great places to cool off during the hot summer months. They serve as places where families and friends can play, exercise, and soak up some sunrays. However, when pools are not well-maintained or when the owners fail to comply with federal and local pool laws, all users of these facilities are put at risk of injury.
One of the most dangerous aspects of a swimming pool is the drain. These devices are deceptively strong. Because drains are so capable of causing severe injuries, public pools are required to have special drain covers installed. A federal law passed in 2007 mandated that covers approved by Consumer Product Safety Commission be put into commercial pools by December 19, 2008.
Pool Drain Injuries
Uncovered pool drains are known for causing three main types of serious injuries:
- Hair entrapment: Hair may become pulled down into and entangled in poorly covered or uncovered pool drains. Victims of this danger can suffer serious drowning injuries or even death.
- Bodily entrapment: Extremities, such as arms and legs, can become sucked against poorly covered or uncovered pool drains. Often, children fall victim to this threat because they lack the strength to pull themselves away. Victims can experience drowning injuries or death.
- Evisceration/Disembowelment: Pool drain forces can be strong enough to pull one’s internal organs out of the body, if the victim is sucked up against the drain. These injuries are irreparable and life-threatening.
Clearly, the results of failing to properly install or maintain your pool drain can be quite devastating.
If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt by a poorly covered or uncovered pool drain, then you may have the right to claim compensation. personal injury lawyer Vic Feazell can help you assert a strong and effective case. Contact him today at 877-948-4842 to explore your legal options.