Drowning Accidents in Carrollton
Did you know that 20% of all unintentional drowning accidents involve children under the age of fourteen? Or that ten people die every day from unintentional drowning? More than 50% of all drowning victims treated at the hospital emergency department must be admitted for submersion injuries including severe brain damage from lack of oxygen. And victims who suffer brain damage often experience long-term disabilities including learning disabilities, cognitive problems, and permanent loss of basic functioning that can lead to a permanent vegetative state or death.
Increased Risk of Drowning
There are a number of factors that may increase the risk of drowning, including the following:
- Inability to swim
- Failure to supervise
- Lack of access barriers
- Failure to wear a life jacket
- Alcohol intoxication or drug use
- Seizure or other medical disorders
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 78% of all fatal unintentional drowning in The United States are males, and 26% of all victims are children are fourteen years old and under. African Americans suffer the highest risk of unintentional drowning. In fact, African American children age 5 to14 have a 3.2 times higher rate of drowning over all other races. American Indians are also at increased risk according to the CDC. Unfortunately, nearly 70% of all black and Hispanic children cannot swim at all due to lack of access to swimming activities. Factors such as the lack of access or water-related activities results in far less participation in swimming activities and result in weaker swimming ability.
Minimizing the Danger
Drowning can be prevented by following a few simple rules. These rules include the following:
- Always supervise children when they have access to water
- Teach your children swimming skills
- Learn CPR and keep your skills up to date
- Install four-sided fencing around pools that is a minimum of four feet high
- Install automatic door locks and alarms on pool gates
- Install self-closing / self-latching gates that open outward
- Place latches out of reach of small children
- Clear the pool and deck of all toys and floats when the pool is not in use
Zinda Law Group Want to Help You
If you or a loved one has been injured or drowned in a drowning accident, you have the legal right to file a claim for injuries, medical care and rehabilitation. And if your child has been injured or drowned, the attorneys at the law firm of Zinda Law Group have the experience and expertise to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. We deal with insurance companies every day and we will work hard to get you the compensation that you or your loved one deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys and let us help you. The call is free and the consultation is too!