What Is a Circulation Entrapment Injury?
When it comes time to shed our winter clothes and have fun by the pool, we usually aren’t concerned about safety, or lack thereof. Unfortunately, however, there are numerous ways in which we can suffer an injury at a swimming pool, more than just drownings or near-drownings. One such risk that many swimmers may not be aware of is known as a circulation entrapment injury.
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Circulation entrapment refers to a situation where a swimmer becomes trapped by the suction that is generated by the drains along the bottom of pools and spas. Usually, these incidents arise when something becomes stuck and tangled in the drain, such as a lock of hair, a piece of jewelry, an article of clothing, or even a limb.
Young swimmers are especially susceptible to circulation entrapment, as often they lack the strength, swimming ability, or general wherewithal to get themselves out of a sticky situation. The stress and panic of these incidents can result in numerous kinds of injuries, including broken bones, dislocated joints, ripped or torn hair or skin, and even death in extreme cases.
Here are some statistics regarding these incidents:
- In the time from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 33 reported circulation entrapment incidents.
- Of those 33 victims, 28 suffered serious injuries–that’s about 85 percent.
- The vast majority of injured swimmers (21 of 28) were under the age of 15.
- The incidents were split between different locations: 45 percent happened in swimming pools, 33 percent in hot tubs, and 21 percent occurred in whirlpool-style pools.
- About 64 percent of all incidents took place at public locations (community pools, hotels, etc.).
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Even though these incidents are not to be taken likely, they can be easily avoided. If you have young children, be sure to never leave them unattended while swimming, especially if they have little to no swimming experience. Similarly, swimmers should avoid long, flowing clothing that may become tangled underwater–those with long hair may also want to tie it up or wear a cap for the same reason. Always be aware of where you are located within the pool so that you can easily exit if need be.
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In the event that you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of a circulation entrapment incident, you will need to act fast in order to preserve the proper evidence needed to prove your case and recover compensation. Thankfully, the swimming pool drowning attorneys from Van Law Firm have helped numerous circulation entrapment victims get back on their feet, and we’re ready to help you too. Call our office nearest you now to get started with a free consultation.
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