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Be Wary of these Factors which can Cause Drowning Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005-2014, the annual average of non-boating related fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S. was 3,536 (yearly average of drowning in boating-related incidents was 332). Drowning, rather than traffic accidents, is actually the leading cause of accidental death among children below five years old. Swimming pools are the most common places of fatal unintentional drowning for children under five, while the most common places of drowning for adults older than 85 and children under age 1 are bath tubs and, for older children and adults, natural bodies of water, including rivers, lakes and oceans.

There are many different factors that may cause drowning, but the one most commonly cited include: lack of pool barriers that would prevent children from gaining access to the pool area; failure to closely supervise children; lack of basic swimming skills; failure to wear a life jacket while boating; intoxication due to alcohol use; and, seizure disorders.

According to The Mokaram Law Firm, drowning, in the worst of circumstances, can result in the wrongful death of a loved one, leaving a family mourning, and even in situations where it does not result in a fatality, the victim can suffer permanent disabilities due to the repercussions of drowning. This is because non-fatal drownings can also cause injuries which are serious enough to alter a person’s life. One example of an injury is severe brain damage which can lead to long-term disabilities, like permanent loss of basic functioning (wherein a person ends up in a vegetative state), memory problems, learning disabilities.

Victims of drowning, by the way, include not only those who lack swimming skills. A number of people who knew how to swim (some were even good swimmers), have also had either fatal swimming accidents or non-fatal accidents but which resulted to serious injuries.

In public pools or resorts, particularly, many fatal drowning accidents occur due to the fault of the person who owns or manages the resort. An owner’s or manager’s lack of initiative to have lifeguards, allow pool drains to remain uncovered, and allow the installation of poorly designed pool safety features are just a few of the factors that increase the risk of drowning accidents. A person whose action or lack of action leads to a drowning accident makes that person accountable for the harm suffered by a victim; he or she may also be held legally accountable and be required to compensate the victim (and his or her family) for whatever damages such victim has been made to suffer.

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