Drowning accidents, especially where children are involved, can be a parent’s worst nightmare. For every child who dies of drowning, another five are taken to the emergency room for submersion related injuries. Where pools, lakes, bathtubs and other bodies of water are concerned, the stakes are high for potential drowning accidents. In fact, it’s possible for a person to drown in as little as two inches of water. Children, infants and babies are at an especially high risk for drowning near unsupervised bodies of water. If you or your child has suffered from an injury related to negligent supervision, design or maintenance of a pool or other body of water, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case.
Pool Drowning Accidents
While pools and pool parties are a big summer time hit with children across America, they’re not totally without risk. Supervision is essential for safe pool access for children, tweens and teens. It’s also critical to ensure pools are properly fenced to keep children and other people out of pool areas when there is no supervision available. A pool drowning accident can result in brain damage or other catastrophic injuries, or even death. Listed below are some facts about unintentional drownings from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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- From 2005 to 2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings each year in the U.S.
- Approximately one in five people who die from drowning are children ages 14 and younger.
- For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. More than 50 percent of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer to further care.
- These nonfatal drowning injures can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities.
If you were injured or if you lost a loved one in a poorly maintained hotel pool, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer immediately. Sometimes, negligence isn’t immediately apparent to the untrained eye. If you suspect negligence played a part in you or your child’s drowning accident injury, it’s important to raise the concern with your lawyer. Hotels, and other establishments with private and public pools, have a duty to ensure their pools are properly maintained and in compliance with all local safety regulations.
Lake Drowning Accidents
Lakes, rivers and beaches also present potential drowning hazards. Any body of water, no matter how large or small, can be involved in a drowning accident if the circumstances are just right. This is why supervision and other safety concerns need to be taken into account prior to swimming. Whether you were at a public area or park or at an establishment’s private pool, a personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the complicated process of filing an injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit.
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While most of us think of drowning as a fatal scenario, many people survive drowning or near-drowning accidents. Since oxygen deprivation is incredibly damaging to the brain, survivors of drowning accidents may be left with painful long-term injuries. Brain damage, neurological conditions and other irreversible injuries can occur as a result of a drowning accident. Loved ones who have survived drowning accidents might require lifelong medical and supportive care.
Negligence and Liability in Drowning Accidents
Pools, lakes, beaches, cruise ships and other water-related areas are regulated to ensure the maximum amount of safety possible for patrons, especially children and other vulnerable groups. After any type of drowning accident, it’s essential to speak with a personal injury lawyer about whether or not negligence played a part. Depending upon the situation, there could be liability issues related to the property owner, pool designer or maintenance crew. Pools are fun and wonderful, but they have to be safe and properly maintained.
Drowning accidents can leave survivors with extensive irreversible brain damage. Seconds matter where drowning accidents are involved, and in a brief moment, loved ones can be lost. Whether you’re facing extensive lifelong medical bills for a loved one or burial expenses associated with a preventable drowning accident, a lawyer can be your advocate and help to get you the compensation you deserve. If you have a loved one who is suffering from brain damage or other irreversible injuries due to a drowning accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a drowning accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.