Private pools aren’t common for most families living in New York City, but when a family has the opportunity to use a pool on a hot summer day, many won’t pass it up. Swimming pools can allow a family to cool off and enjoy a day of fun. However, many people are a little too relaxed around pools, and the result can be devastating.
According to one report, an average of 390 children drown in the United States each year. These children are often under the age of 5 years old. There are also approximately 5,100 pool related injuries of children under the age of 15.
Some of these injuries might be related to slip and falls because surfaces around the pool are often wet and slippery. These incidents can result in various injuries. Some might be very severe, leading to a person or child being admitted to the hospital for multiple days or even weeks. Along with the pain and suffering of these injuries, families sometimes feel the financial strain of pool-related accidents.
Medical expenses just from an emergency room visit can cost thousands of dollars. If a person has to be admitted, or has a long recovery from their injuries, the expenses can add up. Sometimes health insurance will cover part of the cost, but leave a person with a significant portion of the bill. An experienced personal injury attorney in New York City can help a person who is injured on another person’s property seek compensation to help pay for injury expenses.
Source: abc, “390 kids drown in US pools each year, reports find,” Silvia Rodriguez, May 23, 2013