Child Drowning Accidents
HAS YOUR CHILD BEEN INJURED OR KILLED IN A DROWNING ACCIDENT?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-death in children under that age of 4 and is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children under the age of 14.
While most people are aware of the drowning hazards presented by swimming pools, lakes, and ditches, many parents may neglect the drowning hazards that are present inside their own home.
CHILD DROWNING STATISTICS
- Drowning kills more children between the ages of 1 and 4 than any other cause except birth defects.
- Drowning accounts for one-third of all deaths caused by unintentional injury in children ages 1 to 4 years old.
- Among children 1-14 years old, drowning remains the second leading causes of unintentional injury-related death, only behind motor vehicle crashes.
- While residential swimming pools remain the most common cause of drowning in children ages 1 to 4 years old, children under the age of one most often drown in bathtubs, buckets, and toilets.
- Among children over the age of 15, most drowning occurred in natural water settings including lakes, rivers, and oceans.
- About 20 percent of child drowning deaths occur in public pools where a certified lifeguard is present.
HOW TO PREVENT CHILD DROWNING DEATHS
- Supervision — Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”, as in be close enough to reach the child at all times. Adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children.
- Buddy system — Always swim with a buddy. Select swimming sites that have lifeguards whenever possible.
- Avoid alcohol — Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
- Learn to swim — Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, constant, careful supervision and barriers such as pool fencing are necessary even when children have completed swimming classes.
- Learn CPR — In the time it might take for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could make a difference in someone’s life. CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to improve outcomes in drowning victims.
- Do not use air-filled or foam toys — Do not use “water wings”, “noodles”, or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets (personal flotation devices). These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD DROWNING ATTORNEY
If your child was injured or killed in a drowning due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover damages. When deciding to hire a child injury lawyer to handle your case, your choice does matter. If you or a loved one have suffered because of a water-related injury, contact Thomas J. Henry. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Call us today for a free case review
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