Diving Board Injuries
Every year, doctors across the country treat roughly 10,000 new injuries to spinal cords. While motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, injuries from sports and recreation activities are next. Of that group, water-related activities are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries.
On average, there are roughly 13,000 diving-board injuries that are serious enough to require treatment in a hospital’s emergency rooms. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) feels that this is a yearly occurrence.
The CPSC has identified a number of accident patterns associated with swimming pools and diving boards. The first major accident pattern involved the injured individual striking the bottom of the pool due to insufficient water depth. The other major accident pattern they identified was the tendency for people to swim into waterpipes, ladders, and other objects in the pool.
To prevent injuries, diving should be prohibited in shallow water. More than 50% of the pools in the United States are above-ground pools with a depth of between 3 feet and 3.5 feet. A large number of injuries occur when adults and children alike attempt to dive into the pool from the ladder or platform that is used for pool access.
Common Diving Board Injuries
The four most common ways that people are injured are:
- Diving too deeply off of a diving board and hitting the bottom of the pool before leveling off
- Diving too far out off of a diving board and hitting the incline portion of the pool
- Diving or sliding into shallow water and making contact with the bottom
- Swimming into an underwater object such as the side of the pool, a pipe, or another swimmer
If you have been seriously injured in a diving board accident, contact the Wausau diving board injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-248-0171 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.