Pool Drain Injuries
Few people realize the danger inherent in pool drains. However, the force of a pool drain pulls with hundreds of pounds of pressure, and can easily trap a full grown adult, much less a small child. Because more small children than adults use pools and small children are typically less able to seek help than adults are, children tend to be at the highest risk for being injured by a pool drain.
In most cases of pool drain injuries, a child’s limb or hair becomes trapped in a drain, making it impossible for the child to escape. If the drain is located at the bottom of the pool, drowning can quickly occur because the child cannot surface for air. In one heartbreaking child drowning case, a mother found her child trapped in a pool drain below the surface of the water. Despite the efforts of two fully grown adults, they could not free the child who then died due to drowning.
Pool drain injuries can be averted by installing safety drains, which do not continue producing suction when the drain is covered, or have covers which prevent the drain from being fully covered. If a pool owner fails to adopt these reasonable safety measures, they may be liable for any injuries that result from their pool drain.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a negligently maintained pool drain, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733, and we will evaluate your case.