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Drowning Accident Lawyers
Helping Victims of Drowning Accidents
Florida Health has said that The US Government advises on there website: poolsafely.gov for parents to follow a few simple steps for kids to stay safe in a pool:
- “Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool”
- “Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills”
- “Having the Appropriate Equipment for your Pool or Spa”
The Florida Health states that there were 440 drowning accidents that led to deaths in 2012 in the state of Florida. Over 56% of drowning accident victims being under the age of 5. They state that most drowning’s occur during summer and spring, being April through September. Over 97% of these deaths were unintentional.
Florida Health states up to 6 drowning accidents in Indian River County occurred in 2012. Drowning is found to be a top leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5. It is important to know how drowning accidents are caused and how you can avoid them.
Top Causes of Drowning Accidents
- Lack of Supervision: is caused when a parent, guardian, or chaperone fails to keep watch over children. When children are in water, a higher degree of care should be given. Whether this is in a bathtub, pool, river, lake, or ocean. Many deaths occur because children accidentally drown in a bathtub. Do not leave children out of sight when they are playing in the water.
- Alcohol Consumption: when individuals are intoxicated, their judgment is not as it normally would be. This is why it is important to be extremely cautious when consuming alcohol and when in the water.
- Fatigue and Exhaustion: when a person overly exerts themselves in the water, fatigue and exhaustion will result. A person will not be able to normally handle the water as if they had full energy. Make sure you do not place yourself in a situation when you may be fatigued or exhausted to avoid any possibility of an accident.
- Inability to Swim: children, minors, and even adults may not know how to swim. In these situations, it is advisable to use a buddy-system, where you do not go in the water without buddy. This provides a safety net in case something may happen to you.
- Falling through Ice: in some areas, a drowning accident will occur because a person will break through a thin layered ice. Do not walk in places that you are not sure of and use extra caution when walking in iced areas.
Symptoms of Someone who has Nearly Drowned
- Agitated or Disoriented
- Cold/Blush Skin
- Short or Stopped Breathing
- Rapid Breathing or Rapid Heart Rate
If you are a victim of a drowning accident, consult with an Attorney today! We want our clients to be protected and to know their rights! This is why we offer Free Consultations!