According to the CDC, about ten deaths per day are related to non-boating swimming related accidents by fatal unintentional drownings. One in five of those people are children under the age of 14. These are tragic and unfortunate statistics that are prevalent today.
Swimming accidents occur when there is an occurrence of negligence either by another person, by a company, or by a manufacturer. Negligence of taking care of a swimming environment can cause either injury or can become fatal. It can quickly turn a simple day of fun in the sun into a traumatic experience for all.
Statistics for Swimming Accidents in the United States
For children under 5 years of age, drowning accidents are the leading cause of death and injury with more than 80% of the drowning occurring in residential pools or spas. Around 20% of adolescents under the age of 14 suffer from sever and permanent disabilities after they are hospitalized for near drowning events. Drowning is also number 4 on the leading causes of accidental deaths in the United States (number 3 worldwide). A whopping $273 million in direct and indirect costs are related to accidental coastal drowning in the United States alone.
These statistics help us understand the importance of pool safety and how we can help those that are currently under the traumatic stress of personal injuries and wrongful deaths due to swimming accidents.
Common Causes for Swimming Accidents
- Lack of warning signs
- Lack of proper barriers
- Lack of close supervision
- Damaged pool exit ladders
- Broken glass
- Malfunctioning pool lights
- Failure to install anti-entrapment devices
- Improper water levels
- Missing emergency floatation device
- Negligent lifeguard supervision
- Drowning, near-drowning
- Slip, trip and falls on wet surfaces
- Swimming pool disembowelment
- Traumatic brain injury
Risk Factors for Swimming Accidents
- Age.One of the largest risk factors for injury and fatalities from swimming accidents. The highest drowning rates are among children from 1-4 years old.
- Gender.With twice the mortality rate, males are more likely to have a swimming accident that can cause an injury or become fatal than a female. For example, males have higher drowning rates due to riskier behavior around water.
- Medical conditions. Medical conditions, such as epilepsy, can increase a person’s chance of an injury or fatality due to a swimming accident.
- Alcohol use. Alcohol use in or near water can cause an increase in the possibility of a swimming accident.
- Infants left alone. Infants left along around water can increase the chance of a fatality from a swimming accident.
Compensation for Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Liability in Swimming Accidents at Moraitakis & Kushel
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury or fatality from a swimming accident, contact Moraitakis & Kushel today for your compensation. The injury lawyers in Atlanta at Moraitakis & Kushel have helped hundreds of people receive compensation for their losses. Contact us today at 800-688-2357 or online for a free consultation.