Swimming activities with your family in the summer heat of Texas at the beach, the lake, a waterpark, or a pool, is an incredibly fun time, especially for your children.
Unfortunately, about ten people die in the United States every day from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning
Many swimming pool accidents can and should be prevented with proper safety precautions and adequate equipment. For example, it has been shown that proper fencing around the pool greatly reduces the chances of unintentional drowning. It is also recommended that children be monitored at all times by adult(s) while swimming and that diving boards in residential pools be removed. Also, those responsible for monitoring swimming pool activities should strongly consider training in CPR.
Those responsible for failing to provide adequate swimming pool safety and equipment may include the following:
- Residential property owners;
- Apartment complexes;
- Hotels; and
If you or your loved one has been the unfortunate victim of a swimming pool accident or accidental drowning, contact Sheadyn R. Rogers of Rogers Law Firm at (361) 356-6057for a free consultation concerning your case.