As we quickly approach the summer months in Indiana, more people will be headed outside to swim. Although swimming can be an enjoyable pastime, it is important to be on the lookout for unexpected dangers. Oftentimes, underwater hazards and shallow water levels at popular lakes are not well marked. If there are no signs or buoys to warn swimmers, an individual merely attempting to have fun and cool off may be injured by diving into the water. Other dangerous locations for swimmers and divers include water filled rock quarries and unmarked roadway bridges.
Swimmers at community pools and lakes may also risk traumatic injury where the property is not supervised by lifeguards or is supervised in an irresponsible manner. It is also important to remember that diving boards can be one of the most dangerous features of any swimming pool. Divers and swimmers risk hitting their head on the bottom or side of the pool and sustaining an injury by falling off or hitting their head on the diving board itself. In order to prevent drowning, it is important to ensure you always swim or dive with others in a well supervised location.
In Indiana, someone who is hurt in a diving accident may be eligible to receive compensation for their medical expenses, disability, pain, suffering, lost wages, and other damages associated with the accident. Sometimes, a negligent party may also be required to pay punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish and deter those who have acted illegally, maliciously, or negligently.
Unfortunately, a diving accident will often result in a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury occurs when one or more vertebrae are fractured, compressed, or dislocated. Spinal cord injuries can vary in severity from minor to permanently disabling. Although an injury to someone’s spine may result in total paralysis, it can also leave an individual with limited sensation and control. Those who suffer from such an injury may recover partially, fully, or remain paralyzed for the duration of their lifetime. A spinal cord injury may increase an individual’s sensitivity to pain, cause muscle spasms, and lead to incontinence. People who have suffered a spinal cord injury are also more apt to develop secondary medical complications. Secondary medical problems may include lung or bladder infections and bed sores. Spinal cord injuries can occur in any number of circumstances, but the most common causes are sports injuries, car accidents, shootings, and diving accidents.
In the State of Indiana, when someone is injured due to dangerous property conditions, the owner of the property or the party responsible for the property’s maintenance may be held legally responsible. If you or a family member was seriously hurt in a diving accident as a result of an improperly maintained, unsafe, or poorly supervised body of water, it is a good idea to contact a knowledgeable Indiana diving accident lawyer as soon as possible.
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