Drowning isn’t the only summertime pool hazard

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2022 | Premises Liability

To most people, the best way to beat the summertime heat is to spend time in a refreshing pool of water. Whether you retreat to a neighbor’s pool or one of the public pools in Staten Island, there are many injury hazards to avoid.

If you are like many people, drowning is probably your top concern when you want to take a dip. While drowning is a primary hazard, there are several other ways you or your loved ones could suffer harm.

Slips and falls

Pool areas are almost always covered in water, elevating the risk of a slip and fall accident. Many slips and falls result in minor scrapes or bruises. However, if you hit your head when falling, your injuries could be more severe.

Chemical treatments

To ensure clean and safe water fun, pool owners must treat the water with chemicals. Sometimes, these chemicals can wreak havoc on swimmers, especially if mixed improperly or the wrong chemicals are used.

Body waste

The very idea of swimming in the waste of other people is horrifying. However, if swimmers fail to shower before entering the pool, it can happen. If ingested, water contaminated with fecal matter can contain illness hazards, including:

  • E-coli
  • Hepatitis A
  • Crypto parasite
  • Giardia Parasite

Unless the pool belongs to you, a New York premises liability claim can help you address the financial hardships of a pool-related injury or illness. For example, when severe injuries occur, the compensation you acquire in a successful claim enables you to get the medical care you need to recover.

We recommend learning more about the New York injury compensation laws if considering a premises liability claim.