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Summer fun can be interrupted by swimming pool injuries

Swimming pools are thought of as places of fun and recreation during hot Nevada summers. However, swimming pools can also be places where tragic accidents occur. According to statistics, drowning is the fourth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Although drowning is the most severe, swimming pool injuries of all types occur more frequently than most people realize. A lawsuit was recently filed in another state after a man nearly drowned in a swimming pool.

The man is a retired doctor and was a frequent swimmer at his local recreation center. According to the lawsuit filed by his family, the man was swimming laps in the recreation center pool and suffered severe chest pains, causing him to go under the water. Allegedly, the man remained underwater for over five minutes and nearly drowned.

The lawsuit claims that there were two lifeguards on duty that day, but the lifeguards were negligent in their duties and were not watching the water. Allegedly, the man's near drowning caused serious and permanent brain injuries. The plaintiffs claim the man's injuries could have been prevented if not for the negligence of the lifeguards at the pool.

Although swimming can be a perfect summer activity for Nevada families to enjoy, the potential for tragic accidents is always present. Owners and operators of swimming pools can be held legally responsible when their negligence leads to swimming pool injuries. A successful lawsuit could provide victims with much-needed compensation that can be used to cover medical bills and other expenses accrued as a result of injuries.

Source: fox32chicago.com, "Lawsuit filed after man nearly drowns in swimming pool", Larry Yellen, June 22, 2017

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