Drowning Accident Lawyers in Round Rock
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States, and every day ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, 20% are children aged 14 or younger. For every child that dies from drowning, another five require emergency room care for nonfatal submersion injuries. And more than 50% of the drowning victims that are treated in the emergency room must be hospitalized for injuries such as severe brain damage. Surviving victims who suffer severe brain damage will often sustain long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning often leading to a permanent vegetative state.
Factors that Contribute to Drowning
There are many reasons that people drown, but there are several factors according to the CDC that increase the risk of drowning. These factors include:
- Inability to swim
- Lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access
- Lack of close supervision
- Failure to wear life jackets
- Use of alcohol
- Seizure Disorders
Young Children and Drowning
Research has shown that children four years and under have the highest drowning rates in the U.S. with more than 30% drowning in 2009 alone. Drowning as the cause of death among children ages 1-4 is second only to death from congenital birth defects. These young children tend to drown in home swimming pools more than any other area. This often has to do with the attractive nuisance value of a swimming pool.
Many families have pools in their yards for recreation and fun, but these pools also prove to be an attractive nuisance for young children. An attractive nuisance is anything on your property that might attract children into danger or harm and may include pools, spas, ponds, stock ponds, hammocks, skate board ramps and trampolines. Children are particularly susceptible to an attractive nuisance because their self control and reasoning powers are not fully developed and they often don’t realize the danger that it represents. If you have any of these attractive nuisances on your property, it is important to secure them properly to avoid placing a child in harm’s way.
Zinda Law Group Can Help You
If your child or a loved one has injured by an attractive nuisance, or died due to an unintentional drowning, you have the right to bring a legal claim for damages under the laws of Texas. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you by negotiating with your insurance company, making sure that your child’s medical bills get paid, or getting you the compensation that you deserve for the loss of your loved one. Call to speak with an attorney today and let us help you. (800) 863-5312