Taking a soothing soak in a hot tub is, for many, the pinnacle of relaxation. Want to feel better? Go find a hot tub!
It’s unfortunate, then, that enjoying a hot tub session can sometimes lead to unexpected injuries. This, of course, turns a rejuvenating soak into a painful nightmare, the repercussions of which can last for years.
Wondering what the most common hot tub injuries are (and what you need to do if you or a loved one has sustained a personal injury)? Here’s the practical information you need to know.
What Are Common Hot Tub-Related Injuries?
When you step into a hot tub, unfortunately, you are risking the following:
- Slip and Fall Accidents: Hot tubs are slippery! One prevalent issue is the risk of slipping on a hot tub surface and falling. These falls can result in bruises, sprains, or even more severe injuries like fractures.
- Hot Water Burns: Hot water may feel good, but excessively hot water may result in burns or heat rashes for people who spend too much time close to it! If your hot tub water is warmer than a general safe standard of about 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit, that could be an issue.
- Hair Entanglement: Did you know that hair can get stuck in a hot tub’s suction fitting? If this happens to you, you could risk scalp injuries—or even drowning.
- Chemical Burns and Reactions: To keep the water in a hot tub clean, hot tub owners need to treat them with a specific balance of chemicals. Improper chemical levels can lead to eye or skin irritation, as well as chemical burns.
- Bacterial Infections: If the water in a hot tub isn’t treated properly, it can harbor bacteria. This, in turn, can lead to infections like hot tub folliculitis! Cleaning your hot tub regularly, treating the water, and avoiding hot tub use when you have open cuts or wounds can help reduce this risk.
Wondering What to Do After a Hot Tub Injury?
Hot tubs are often great for unwinding, but they can be dangerous, too! If you or a loved one has experienced a painful injury after a particularly perilous soak, it’s important to realize how serious that can be—and the rights that you could have. You might be entitled to support and compensation.
At Greer Law, we are here to support you through such challenges. For assistance, contact us at (720) 637-2467 or fill out our contact form.