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Summer means increased risks of pool injuries.

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At this time of year in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) and across Hampton Roads, in Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) people are getting their pools ready for the summer months. Pool safety is key.

At this time of year in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) and across Hampton Roads, in Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) people are getting their pools ready for the summer months. Pool safety is key. With increased swimming in pools, and use of diving boards, there are greater chances of head injuries and drowning deaths. Pools are supposed to be well marked to show what the water depth is, to prevent people jumping in and getting closed head trauma or spinal cord injuries. However, a significant number of children and adults will be hurt in diving accidents during the summer, sometimes involving significant damage to the brain, or even causing paralysis of the limbs as a result of hitting the head, or neck, on the pool’s hard bottom.

If you are in charge of a residential or public pool, please make sure that all necessary safety measures are taken to reduce this kind of accident. Likewise, pool owners, and operators, need to be careful to prevent drowning death, particularly of the very young. Pools have to have sufficient gates and barriers to keep out little kids, unaccompanied by parents. If you are in charge of children, make sure you know where they are and keep them away from pools without adult supervision. If someone in your family has been hurt, or killed in an accident involving a swimming pool or diving board, please contact a personal injury lawyer, to look into what your options are as far as taking legal action against the swimming pool’s owner or managers who fail to take reasonable steps to protect the public.