Atlanta has long been a home base for professional water sports, such as top level competitive swimming and diving. But pools, rivers, and ponds can be dangerous places, even for experienced aquatic athletics. Contrary to popular perception, most diving injuries and swimming pool accidents occur in shallow water. This contrasts with the image that most people have of accidents involving catastrophic falls from great heights – such as tall diving boards or cliffs or bridges overlooking 20 to 30 foot drops into water. One widely-quoted study suggests that nearly 80% of all diving accidents occur in water shallower than 3.25 feet deep. Our Atlanta swimming accident attorneys are equipped to handle cases involving these types of situations.
Factors That Can Influence Swimming/Diving Accidents
The shape and contour of the pool, pond, or other body of water can play an enormous role, as can the angle of impact. Obviously, swimmers and divers can suffer serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) from hitting the bottom or side of a hard surface, but divers can also suffer hand and arm fractures, damage to joints and ligaments, and spinal damage from bracing against falls. Even diving feet first carries a serious risk – particularly if you dive or jump from a high height. If you enter the water at a slightly “off” angle, the rotational force (known as “torque”) exerted on your body can cause all sorts of medical problems, including spinal damage, broken bones, and damage to internal organs and soft tissue.
Swimming pools tend to be particularly dangerous places for young children and adolescents. If you drink alcohol or take drugs, prescription medications, or even over-the-counter medications before going into the water, your risk of drowning or suffering other injuries goes up substantially. Swimmers and divers who play in the water near watercraft like motorboats and fishing vessels likewise stand at a significantly higher risk of injury.
Factors That Influence the Severity of Your Injury Include:
- Angle and speed of impact (for diving injuries)
- Duration of time between injury and medical treatment
- Quality of medical treatment administered
- Whether other injuries or wounds occurred simultaneously (e.g. broken bones, gashes, contusions, traumatic brain injury, etc)
- The victim’s general health and stamina prior to the accident
How Atlanta Swimming Accident Attorneys Can Help
Experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys can advise you and your family about how to collect damages from the negligent or careless person or party who contributed to your swimming/diving accident. For instance, say a negligent coach failed to keep his diving board up to grade. You slipped and fell and got hurt on the board as a result. With the help of experienced Atlanta swimming accident attorneys, the coach and/or his company can be held liable.
Alternatively, say a motorboat or jet ski or other aqueous vehicle hit you while you were swimming. The operator of that vehicle – as well as potentially the manufacturer and designer of the vehicle – could be required to pay for your medical care, your lost wages, and other costs associated with your recovery and rehabilitation.
To get a complementary case evaluation from respected Atlanta swimming accident attorneys, connect with the Broughton Law team at 877-268-0808. You can also read more about your rights and potential remedies as a personal injury victim at atlantatriallawyers.com.