Unfortunately, thousands of people – the vast majority of them children – die each year as a result of drowning in swimming pools and spas. We can only imagine the grief that one must feel after a drowning accident. If you have lost a loved one to a pool drowning, our hearts go out to you.
Swimming Pool Drowning Update 9/13/12: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release today stating that at least 137 children under the age of 15 drowned in a pool or spa during the summer 2012 season, which began on Memorial Day (May 28) and ended on Labor Day (Sept. 3). In addition to the fatalities, another 168 children required emergency medical treatment for accidents that occurred in pools and spas during that period. Click here to learn more.
Free Swimming Pool Drowning Accident Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Each year in the United States, approximately 3,000 people drown and many more suffer serious, irreversible injury in near-drowning incidents. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of all accidental deaths among small children (one to four years of age) and the second leading cause among all children from one to 14 years of age, following only motor vehicle accidents.
Drowning can occur in a number of places, including at private and public swimming pools, open recreational waterways such as lakes and ponds, spas, hot tubs, and even in bathtubs. In non-fatal cases, with brain damage generally resulting after four minutes of submersion, an estimated 20 percent of victims suffer severe, permanent neurological disability. Negligence plays a part in many drownings and near-drowning cases, whether the cause is lack of supervision or a problem with the premises.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for every fatal drowning accident involving a child 14 years or younger, three children require emergency room treatment for submersion injuries and 40% of those require hospitalization. Non-fatal incidents can cause brain damage that results in long-term disabilities ranging from memory problems to the victim being left in a vegetative state.
Do I have a Swimming Pool Drowning Accident Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Premise Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in swimming pool drowning accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.