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Daland Swim School Pool Chemical Accident Leaves Nineteen People Injured In Thousand Oaks


Oct 4, 2018

Nineteen People Hospitalized In Swimming Pool Accident After Being Exposed To Chemicals at Daland Swim School By East Wilbur Road In Thousand Oaks

 THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA (October 4, 2018) Nineteen people were injured at Daland Swim School after they were exposed to some type of chemical which may have been chlorine.

Swim instructors said that the accident happened in a matter of seconds. Children inside of the pool started coughing and said that they were unable to breathe. Pool officials said that they saw bubbles coming up from the pool and suspect the children may have been exposed to chlorine gas.

There was also a slight smell of bleach coming up from the water. Officials said that it’s not uncommon for the there to be a brief surge of chemicals coming from a pool.

Paramedics and emergency medical responders arrived at the Daland Swim School shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night. The Daland Swim School swimming pool will be closed Thursday and the pumps at the facility will be tested.  

An investigation into the accident that injured 19 people remains ongoing at this time.

How To Reduce The Risk of Pool Chemical Accidents

It’s important for children to learn how to swim. It’s been estimated that drowning is the number two leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 3 – 11.  But it’s also important that pools are taken care of so that they don’t become hazards. On some occasions pool pumps can malfunction and release dangerous amounts of chemicals. Here are just a few of the steps that can be taken to help reduce the likelihood of a chemical accident at a swimming pool:

  • Pool chemicals should be locked and stored in a safe area.

  • Read product labels before using and storing pool chemicals.

  • Never mix chlorine with acid or other types of substances.

  • Have periodic maintenance done on pool pumps. Malfunctions are one of the leading causes of chemical leaks and accidents.

Exposure to pool chemicals can cause serious injuries. Victims may experience nausea, eye redness and skin irritation. It’s important to seek immediate medical attention after an accident. A Los Angeles premises liability lawyer can take steps to preserve your rights after an accident and get you compensation for your injuries.

Liability In Pool Chemical Accidents

Companies that operate swimming pools have a duty of care to keep their guests safe. This may include lifeguards that are trained in CPR and performing regular maintenance on the pool. Chemical accidents at pools remain a very real possibility. More often than not they are caused by malfunctioning pool pumps. A business that fails to adequately take care of their pool may face civil liability if anyone is injured. Victims may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  

Getting Help After Being Exposed To Pool Chemicals

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims of this pool chemical accident in Thousand Oaks. Daland Swim School needs to take steps to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. Families should not have to worry about their children being seriously injured while they are learning how to swim. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a pool chemical accident you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help take care of you and your loved ones. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and have recovered over 1 billion for our deserving clients. You owe us nothing if we don’t win your case. Call us today for a risk free consultation. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.  

 Sources:

  1. Carlos Granda. 19 people hospitalized after pool chemical exposure at Thousand Oaks swim school. October 3, 2018.

  2. Justia. Swimming Pool Injury. 2018

  3. Michele Hlavsa. REDUCING THE RISK OF POOL CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS. July 6, 2018

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