When you use a pool at a resort or hotel, you have every right to expect not to be injured by that use. Sometimes, what was supposed to be fun turns out to be far from it, so read on to learn more about what to do if you came home from your vacation with more than just sand in your shoes.
If used as directed, this chemical compound makes the pool clean and sparkling. Unfortunately, it can be tricky to get the water/chlorine mixture just right, and too much of this toxic chemical can cause everything from sickness to death. Some businesses place personnel into jobs without proper training, and accidents with chlorine happen all too frequently.
Breathing In Chlorine
Did you know that you don't even need to go into the pool to get sick from chlorine? Chlorine forms a vapor cloud that can be inhaled, and it can cause respiratory problems, eye irritation and more. Chlorine "clouds" can form near bodies of water, such as a pool, and drift to nearby locations. You cannot see this cloud of chlorine, but if you inhale you will find yourself severely injured. Of course you can smell chlorine, but most people expect to smell chlorine in the vicinity of a pool and may never even know that a chlorine cloud is endangering them.
Coming Into Contact With Chlorine
In the water, other dangers of chlorine can wreak havoc with you and your family's health and well being. If the water is overly saturated with chlorine, skin and eyes can become irritated. If overly-chlorinated pool water is ingested in small amounts, it can be extremely dangerous for the very young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, causing gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea. These relatively minor illnesses may become major problems for those people.
If you accidentally ingest heavily chlorinated water or it comes into contact with your skin or lungs, it can cause everything from mild discomfort to death. Common ailments include:
- Burning sensation in the throat
- Chest pains and heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Permanent damage to the lungs, leading to death
- Watering, itchy and irritated eyes
- Skin blistering
Filing a Lawsuit
Resort and hotel properties owe you the opportunity to use pool facilities that are free from toxic and dangerous chemicals that have been used carelessly. You may be entitled to pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and much more, so speak to a personal injury attorney right away. For more information, contact a firm such as Law Offices Of Timothy L Lapointe PC.