It is a hot summer in Tennessee, and one of the best ways to beat the heat is by taking a dip in the cool water of a swimming pool. While pools provide a pleasant respite from hot temperatures, they can also pose personal injury risks.

Drowning: Most people think it is easy to spot a swimmer in trouble. However, in many cases, drowning looks a lot like wading or floating. This is why public pools need trained lifeguards who are able to spot a distressed swimmer and respond quickly.

Brain injury: You can suffer a serious brain injury at or in a pool. Brain injuries at pools usually occur when someone dives into a pool and strikes his or her head. As with drowning, it might be difficult to spot someone that has suffered this type of personal injury.

Drain injuries: While this is a terrible subject to discuss and to think about, it is crucial to know the risks. Catastrophic and fatal injuries like disembowelment or evisceration may occur if a swimmer becomes caught in the suction caused by a drain. Drains may attract children, who are especially vulnerable to injury.

Slips and falls: Personal injury can happen outside of a pool as well as inside. Slipping on the wet surfaces near the water may cause broken bones and head injuries.

An injury suffered at a public or private pool may be actionable in the eyes of the law. For example, if a lifeguard fails to respond in a public pool emergency, families may be able to take action against the pool owner.

If a victim suffers an injury caused by negligence in the private pool of a neighbor or friend, they and their families may be able to pursue compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.