Pool chemicals used in swimming pools throughout the country are responsible for thousands of illnesses and injuries every year, most of which could have been prevented as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact estimates indicate that twenty eight thousand individuals were injured due to pool chemicals in a six year span according a report issued by the CDC. If you or a loved one sustained injury due to the negligent use of chemicals by another, contact a Baltimore personal injury lawyer for advice on how to pursue full financial recovery for your injuries.
Overuse of pool chemicals most typically occurs in backyard pools of private residences according to an article in U.S. News and World Report. As reported by the CDC, the most common injuries are eye injuries, respiratory issues and injuries to the skin. The majority of accidents related to chemicals in a pool are not severe and less than five percent of injuries require an extended hospital stay. Surprisingly about forty percent of the injuries were related to work.
Major factors that are associated with injury due to pool chemicals include the accidental spilling and splashing of the chemicals as a good many containers used for the chemicals are not designed to prevent splashing. Also, frequently a pool chemical is mixed with another incompatible substance causing dangerous reactions to humans. A very common cause of injury is simply lack of proper supervision and training for swimming pool employees. They must fully understand the right and safe way to handle the chemicals, including opening, storing and closing the containers. In some cases the chemical container is not stored out of a young child’s reach, with tragic results. If you or someone you know sustained serious injuries due to the misuse of pool chemicals or lack of proper training on how to correctly and safely use them, call a Baltimore personal injury lawyer for a free review of your case. He or she will provide much needed guidance on how to protect your rights and pursue full recompense for injuries and damages.
Protective gear and clothing should be worn at all times when handling pool chemicals and in advance of usage, a plan should be in place should an accident occur. If you have questions concerning liability and the feasibility of legal action for recovery due to an injury related to chemicals used in a swimming pool or hot tub, call a Baltimore personal injury lawyer for help.