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Who is most likely to be a victim of a swimming pool accident?

As Pennsylvania approaches the so-called dog days of summer, many people may be seeking refuge from the heat in a swimming pool. While recreational swimming can be a fun pastime for people of all ages, it does not come without risk. Swimming can be dangerous for a variety of people if the proper precautions are not taken. As the weather gets warmer, many Pennsylvania residents may wonder who is most at risk of a swimming pool accident?

According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are the most at risk around swimming pools. This may be obvious to some, since children often do not know how to swim. Data shows that children between the ages of one-year-old and four-years-old are most likely to drown in a swimming pool.

However, it may be surprising to some that age is not the only factor that makes someone more likely to drown in a pool. Men, of all ages, are at a higher risk of drowning then women. Additionally, African Americans have a six times higher risk of a fatal accident then Hispanics and Caucasians. Urban dwellers are also at a higher risk of pool-related injuries then those in more rural areas. The CDC claims that cultural and social norms can also affect the rate of injuries around pools.

While some of these injuries could be prevented with proper supervision and swimming lessons, some pool-related accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the property owner. In some cases, the property owner may have failed to properly secure the pool, allowing young children access, for example. In other cases, faulty equipment, slippery surfaces or missing warning signs may be to blame.

When a pool related accident results in injuries, the victims may have the right to bring a premises liability suit. An experienced attorney may be able to provide more specific legal advice for victims in these cases.

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