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Dangerous Diving Board Injuries

Spinal cord injuries resulting from sports and recreation activities in the U.S. are most often caused by water-related activities. Every year, hospitals around the country treat nearly 13,000 diving-board injuries that are severe enough to merit the kind of medical attention provided by a hospital. Of this number, nearly 800 are spinal cord injuries.

Many accidents that occur in or around swimming pools include:

  • Hitting the bottom of the pool due to insufficient depth.
  • Hitting the sides of the pool.
  • Hitting protruding waterpipes, ladders, or other objects in the pool.

Diving in shallow water is incredibly dangerous and should be strictly prohibited. Many backyard pools in the U.S. are above ground pools, which only have an average depth of 3 feet. Both children and adults should be warned about the dangers of diving into shallow water.

There are four major factors involved in the use of a diving board which contribute to spinal injuries:

  1. Diving too deeply off of a diving board or the side and striking the bottom of the pool.
  2. Diving too far out off of the board or the side and hitting the upslope portion of the pool or pushing off of the wall and hitting the upslope.
  3. Diving or sliding into shallow water and striking the bottom.
  4. Striking an underwater object.

If you have been injured in someone else’s pool due to an act of negligence on their part, contact Waukesha diving injury lawyer immediately to discuss the details of your case. The owner or manager of the pool in which you were injured may be liable for your injuries.

Contact the Waukesha diving injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874 to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation.