Swimming is a popular part of summer in Ontario and backyard pools, inground, on ground and above ground are all common. Most of us either have one or have a friend or neighbour with one. Community pools are also popular places to cool off in the heat.
While public pools have lifeguards and enforced safety rules to keep children and adults safe, private pools do not. Most accidents and drowning deaths occur in natural bodies of water while approximately 11% drown in pools in Ontario. Between 2005-2014, 130-164 individuals died each year due to drowning and the vast majority of them were males.
The leading sport related cause of spinal cord injury (SCI) in Ontario is diving in water. Many of the diving incidents leave the diver completely paralyzed from the neck down. Almost all SCI diving injuries occur in less than 1.5 metres of water depth. These accidents are tragic and when they occur in unsupervised private settings can leave the property owner liable.
Spinal Cord Injury Diving Accident Facts
• Males 17-22 are most likely to be SCI victims in diving accidents
• Most people in these accidents have no formal diving training
• Most people are swimming/diving in a new location for the first time when they are injured
• Supervised venues with water depths greater than 2.7 metres rarely have SCI accidents
• More than half of the diving injuries and deaths involve drugs and/or alcohol use
• Over 40% of SCI diving accidents occur in backyard pools
You can read more about SCI and swimming here.
Prevention of Diving SCI Injuries:
• Supervise pool use closely and do not allow diving in pools that are too shallow
• Ensure there is nothing below the surface of water you are diving in to
• Be realistic in the skill of the person diving
• Remember that most inground pools are not safe for diving – often the deep end is too short
• Avoid alcohol when swimming and diving
• Obey posted signs for ‘No Diving’
• Remember that just because there is a diving board doesn’t mean the water is safe for diving
• Only dive in clear unobstructed water and check for hidden objects like logs, stumps, pilings and boulders in natural bodies of water
What Should You Do If You Are or A Loved One is Injured In a Diving Accident?
When it comes to an accident, a spinal cord injury can be one of the most devastating and life altering injuries. For many, a spinal cord injury can severely change their way of life. Many times these injuries are permanent. This can be difficult for anyone to have to deal with.
At Deutschmann Personal Injury and Disability Law our lawyers understand how devastating spinal cord injury can be. We specialize in personal injury cases involving spinal cord injuries. Every case is unique. Our team will thoroughly review your case so that we can pursue a settlement that will not only protect you financially but bring you some peace of mind during this difficult time.
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