As summer approaches and temperatures rise, our children are more likely to visit swimming pools. While swimming can be a healthy activity, it can also by quite dangerous, especially for younger children. After years of helping the victims of child-drowning cases-the grief-stricken parents-the California drowning lawyer discusses the dangers and offers advice for preventing these tragic summertime accidents.
Children have the greatest risk of drowning. In 2007, drowning accounted for 30% of deaths from an unintentional injury for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. For children between the ages of 1 and 14 years, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death.
The injuries from a nonfatal drowning can impact a child’s mental health for the rest of his or her life. For every child who drowned to death, four received emergency medical care for drowning-related injuries. Such injuries can cause brain damage that that may result in long-term disabilities, including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
Child drowning is preventable. In California, there are laws requiring certain fencing, gates, signage, and pool-rule postings around swimming pools. The owners of swimming pools found in apartment complexes, public recreation facilities, and private homes often neglect to follow these rules for financial reasons. Prevent dangerous swimming-pool situations by informing the proper authorities in Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino or Riverside Counties wherever you encounter such negligence.
When we allow dangerous swimming-pool situations, tragic accidents are likely to occur. A few years ago, a young Orange County mother came to the California drowning lawyer for help after she lost her four-year-old son. While visiting a friend who lived in an apartment complex, her son wandered off to the community pool. The manager of the apartments had neglected to maintain the fence surrounding the pool. The small boy crawled through a hole in the fence, fell in the pool, and drowned to death. Had someone in the complex contacted the Orange County authorities, this tragedy could have been avoided.
Sometimes the authorities responsible for enforcing California swimming pool laws are slow to respond to negligence complaints. If this is the case in your neighborhood, feel free to contact the California drowning lawyer to inspect the area, write letters to the owners and managers of the pool, and ensure that the authorities address the dangerous swimming-pool situation promptly.
As a father and a lawyer who has witnessed many swimming-pool tragedies, the California drowning lawyer strongly advocates child drowning prevention. For more information on child drowning or if you would like to report a safety issue with a pool in your neighborhood, feel free to call the California drowning lawyer at 866-981-5596 or click here.