Each year, more than 6,500 kids in the United States are admitted to emergency rooms for diving accident injuries. Many injuries are scrapes, cuts, and bruises from a diving board, although other injuries can occur with improper diving technique, when a diver hits the water at the wrong angle or strains his or her neck. However, the most serious diving accidents occur when a person dives into water that is too shallow or has hidden hazards.
Droughts can cause low water levels in natural bodies of water. Divers may be unaware that familiar areas which are usually safe for diving may be unsafe during a drought. If a diver hits an obstacle in the water, a serious spinal cord injury can occur, sometimes resulting in quadriplegia. Local authorities are urged to monitor water levels during drought seasons and post warning signs, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
Diving Injury Prevention
Here are a few important safety tips to keep in mind when going on a dive:
- Never dive into shallow water.
- Always check the depth of natural bodies of water by wading or jumping in feet first, especially during drought season.
- Teach proper diving technique to young swimmers and new divers to prevent strain injuries.
- Teach young swimmers about diving safety and the potential long term consequences of serious diving injuries.
Unfortunately, even when swimmers and divers exercise proper diving technique and take safety precautions, accidents in the water can still occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a diving injury due to the negligence of another party, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical and financial losses. The Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can evaluate your case and determine if you have grounds for legal action. Contact us today at 877-327-2600