Drowning Accidents Can Happen in a Split Second
With year-round beautiful weather in Florida, residents and visitors flock to pools and beaches to beat the heat. This makes swimming pools a popular fixture in many Florida homes and neighborhoods, unfortunately, this makes drowning accidents all too common. Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death worldwide and in Florida, we have the highest death rate for the drowning of children under age five. According to the CDC, for every child under fifteen years old who dies from drowning, another ten children receive emergency care for nonfatal underwater injuries. These are frightening statistics, but nothing is more terrifying than when it happens to your family or your child.
It only takes a matter of seconds for tragedy to occur and the person who is drowning is unable to call for help because they cannot get enough air. Even nonfatal drowning can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and loss of basic functions. While drowning occurs mainly in swimming pools, children can drown in as little as one inch of water in bathtubs, toilets, sinks, buckets, portable pools and hot tubs.
Causes of drowning accidents and what to do afterward
Common Causes of Drowning Accidents:
- Lifeguard negligence
- Improper training of lifeguards
- Lack of proper safety measures
- Overcrowded pools
- Broken/Defective pool gates or fences
- Insufficient or defective lighting
- Cloudy or murky water
What to do after a swimming or drowning accident:
- Call 911 and seek medical treatment immediately
- Get the names of any lifeguard, pool supervisor or witness
- For a non-fatal drowning monitor for signs of memory loss or head injury
- Determine your plan of action
As tragic as these events are, they happen. The aftermath can be overwhelming and complicated, we can help.
When faced with the loss of a loved one due to drowning or severe injury from near drowning, we want to ensure you have every opportunity recover damages for your family. Rubenstein Law injury attorneys have the experience and resources to win your case. If your child or family member is injured or dies in a swimming pool accident, contact us at 1-800-FL-LEGAL or visit your nearby office in Broward, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach. We available for you 24/7, nights and weekends.
Some Helpful Q&A's
No one can promise you a certain amount of money, but we can promise you that at Rubenstein Law it is our priority to provide our clients with the best legal representation and win you the most money possible to compensate you and your family for your injuries. There is no way to know how much money you will get for your case, and you should be wary of anyone who claims they can guarantee a certain amount. Many factors affect how much you will receive, such as:
- How badly you are injured
- How long you receive medical treatment
- The amount of your bills
- Whether your earning capacity is reduced
- How much insurance the party who is at fault has
- Whether there is any extra insurance (such as an umbrella policy or uninsured motorist coverage)
- Whether the employer of the party who is at fault is also liable
- Whether the party who is at fault has any large assets
- Whether the party who is at fault has any defenses