Drowning accidents are common and tragic. Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional
injury–related death in the world, accounting for 7% of all unintentional
deaths worldwide and is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death
in the U.S. Worldwide, approximately 372,000 people die from drowning
each year. Developing countries have high rates of drowning and account
for 91% of total drowning deaths. In the United States, 45% of drowning
accidents occur in higher income populations. Drowning accidents are especially
tragic when they involve children. Unfortunately, unintentional drowning
is a common cause of death in children. The highest drowning rates occur
for children ages 1 through 4, followed by children ages 5 through 9.
In the United States, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional
death for children ages 1 through 14.
Who is at Risk?
There are certain risk factors for increased rates of
drowning in the United States:
Age: Children are more at risk for drowning accidents,
Gender: Males statistically die and become injured more than females from
drowning accidents. 80% of those who die from drowning are males. Theories
posit that males have more access to water activities and partake in riskier
behavior around water,
Minority populations: In the span between 2005 and 2009, African-Americans
died in unintentional drowning accidents at higher rates than whites.
For kids ages 5 through 14, this disparity was the most pronounced with
African-American children dying at a rate three times higher than white
children. African-American children die in swimming pools at a rate 5.5
times higher than white children. For the age bracket of 11 to 12, African-American
youth drown in swimming pools at a rate 10 times higher than white youth.
When is Drowning a Case of Negligence?
Pool owners, operators, and employees owe a
duty to keep patrons safe. If there is a failure to keep a certain level of
safety and care, negligence might be a factor in a drowning accident.
Poor safety measures related to pool safety include:
- Malfunctioning or hazardous pool equipment,
- Defective or lacking safety equipment,
- Opaque, murky water,
- Broken or uncovered drains,
- Negligence on the part of lifeguards,
- Inadequate lifeguard training,
- Broken pool lights,
- Inadequate supervision of children,
- Insufficient fencing and warning signs,
- Broken ladders,
- Factors leading to drain entrapment.
If you believe that you or a loved one was involved in a pool or drowning
accident that could have been avoided, contact an
experienced drowning accident lawyer. You may have the opportunity to hold those at fault accountable and recover
damages. Damages include financial costs such as medical and insurance
bills. More importantly, however, damages also include emotional suffering
and pain. There are time limitations that govern such claims, so it is
critical to act swiftly.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
Atlanta metro area attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes understand the pain
and devastation that follows a drowning accident. Our attorneys are committed
to providing quality representation and support that families need during
the time following a drowning accident.
Contact us today for a free consultation.