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Diving accidents are one of the leading causes of paralysis

With summer in full swing, many residents of Charleston, West Virginia, and the surrounding suburbs are likely going to take to the area's rivers, lakes and swimming pools.

While swimming and taking a plunge in to the water is a lot of fun and a great way to cool off, it can also be dangerous when even experienced swimmers decide to dive in to the water. If it turns out the water is too shallow for diving, the swimmer can severely injure his spinal cord and wind up paralyzed after striking the bed of the pool, lake or river.

In fact, some sources have suggested that diving accidents is in fact one of the top five reasons people suffer from spinal cord injuries that leave them unable to walk or, at times, even move their bodies below their necks. The sad thing is that the vast majority of the divers who suffer these accidents are young, either preteens, teenagers or young adults under 30 years old. These victims will have to learn to live with paralysis and the other consequences of a spinal cord injury for the rest of their lives.

Interestingly, most of these diving accidents, 36 percent, happen in swimming pools, which, as people know intuitively are manmade structures and are usually on the private property of a business or private resident.

As with other hazards, the owners of pools have an obligation to keep their pool reasonably safe and also to warn swimmers of hazards, including the possibility of shallow water that is dangerous to dive in. When pool owners fail in these obligations, the victim may be able to get compensation from them.

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