Drowning Accidents in Midland
Did you know that ten people die every day from unintentional drowning? Twenty percent of all unintentional drowning involve children who are 14 and under. For every child that dies another five require emergency care for non-fatal injuries, and more than half of these children require hospitalization. Surviving victims often suffer severe brain damage in addition to long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning leading to a permanent vegetative state.
There are a number of causes that lead to unintentional drowning, but several factors can increase the risk of drowning including the following:
- The inability to swim
- Failure to supervise water access
- A lack of barriers to prevent access
- The location of the water feature
- The failure to wear life jackets
- Alcohol and drug use
- Seizure disorders
Who is Most at Risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), males account for 78% of all fatal unintentional drowning in the United States, and 26% of all victims are children age 1-4. In fact, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children fourteen and under. African Americans are also more at risk of unintentional drowning rate. In fact, African American children age 5-14 have a 3.2 times higher rate for drowning than other races. American Indians are also at increased risk. Factors, such as access to swimming pools, along with the lack of available water-related activities for recreation can contribute to less participation in these types of activities. This lack of access and participation in water-related activities can often contribute to weaker swimming skills.
Minimizing the Danger for Unintentional Drowning
If you would like to prevent unintentional drowning, there are a number of things you can to minimize the risk including the following:
- Teach your children how to swim
- Learn how to perform CPR
- Install automatic door locks and alarms
- Install a four-sided fence that is a minimum of four feet high
- Install self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward
- Place latches out of reach of small children
- Clear the deck and the pool of all floats, balls and toys when not in use
Zinda Law Group Can Help You Children can drown if they get too much water in their lungs; this can happen in as little as one or two inches of water. If your child or a loved one has been injured or drowned in a swimming accident, you have the right to bring a legal claim for damages against the property owners. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group have the experience and expertise to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. We can take care of the insurance company and get your medical bills paid. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 to speak with one of our caring and compassionate attorneys and get a free consultation.