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CDC: Pools can Cause Serious Illnesses

As the Georgia weather heats up, many people in the Atlanta area will be taking advantage of both public and private pools to get a break from the heat. While water based activities can be fun and relaxing, they also inherently involve a risk of injury. While some risks presented by pools may be readily apparent, others are not. For example, unsanitary pools have the potential to spread disease causing bacteria to those in the water.  While many people believe that chlorinated water kills germs instantly, this is not always the case, and certain germs may be able to live for days. In addition, if a pool is not properly maintained, the risk of illness may significantly increase. If you or a loved one has developed an illness after visiting a pool, you should discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

 

Diseases Caused by Pool-Borne Bacteria

A variety of bacteria that may be found in pools can cause illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some of the most common include the following:

  • Norovirus

  • Giardia

  • Cryptosporidium

  • E. Coli

Even swallowing one mouthful of water contaminated by these germs can result in illness resulting in gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin, and neurological conditions. The CDC indicates that the most common recreational water illness reported involves diarrhea caused by one of the above germs.

 

People who are infected by unsanitary pool conditions may be able to recover for their losses by showing that the pool was negligently maintained. An experienced Brooks personal injury lawyer will be able to help you determine whether you have a claim, and if your do, against whom your lawsuit should be filed.

Contact a Brooks personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a family member has developed a recreational water illness, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and emotional trauma you may have sustained. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia