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Drowning Accidents

drowning-accidentDrowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year almost 350 children under the age of five drown and 3,600 children end up in the emergency room after nearly drowning in residential swimming pools. Most swimming pool accidents involve drowning, near-fatal submersions, diving mishaps, and falls. The best way to prevent a drowning accident is to be aware of the signs of drowning.

 

Drowning Statistics

  • Nine people drown in the United States every day.
  • For every drowning death there are 1 to 4 nonfatal near-drowning accidents serious enough to require hospitalization.
  • Drowning is the second highest cause of accidental injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14.
  • Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury-related death for children ages 1 to 4.
  • Male children drown at twice the rate of female children in swimming pools although female children have twice the rate of drowning in bathtubs.
  • Most drownings among children aged 1 to 4 occur in residential swimming pools.
  • Drownings can be reduced by 50 to 90 percent with the implementation of a locked four-sided fence that isolates the pool from the house and yard.
  • 11 percent of all pool drownings for children under age 5 occur in portable pools.
  • 19 percent of child drowning fatalities happen in a public pool with certified lifeguards on duty.
  • About 5,000 children 14 and under are admitted to the hospital each year due to accidental drowning-related incidents; 15 percent die and about 20 percent suffer from permanent neurological disability.
  • Seventy-seven percent of children who suffer a home-drowning accident had only been missing for five minutes or less when found in the swimming pool and 70 percent weren't expected to be in or near the pool at the time of the incident.
  • In nearly 9 out of 10 child-drowning deaths, a parent or caregiver say they were watching the child.*
  • When children learn to swim in formal swimming lessons, the risk of drowning can be reduced by 88 percent among children ages 1 to 4.

*Know the Signs of Drowning

  • A drowning child often slips silently beneath the surface; there is often no cry for help, waving arms, wild splashing, or gasping for air.
  • Once underwater, a person may not come back to the surface; you often won't see any bobbing up and down.
  • A drowning child can "disappear" underwater; a disturbed water surface, glare, and reflection can all cause submerged bodies to become invisible.

To ensure everyone's safety, lifeguards should frequently leave the lifeguard stand to see the bottom of the pool. Close supervision by sober adults and life vests for children under the age of 4 are key to swimming safety in private pools.

Pool safety is a serious responsibility. Nonfatal drownings can result in brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning. While lack of swimming ability is a leading cause of drowning, so is negligence by pool owners. Factors like the lack of pool fencing, the absence of close supervision, and the availability of alcohol are frequent causes of drownings.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

When should I Replace Car Seats after a Car Accident?!

Car-seat-accidentsCar accidents happen every day and often there is a child in the vehicle strapped into a car seat or booster. Even if your car seat appears intact after an accident, the force of the collision can cause unseen damage and may keep the car seat from properly protecting the child in future car accidents. There are no state or federal laws in place saying that car seats must be replaced after a car accident so parents must use their discretion. Your car seat manufacturer should have instructions in the user manual about what to do after a car accident. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends replacing car seats that have been in a moderate or severe car crash. According to the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA), a minor car crash may not cause enough damage to warrant a car seat replacement.

If you can say "yes" to all five of these questions, the NHTSA says it's okay to keep using your car seat but if you are unsure, call the car seat manufacturer.

  1. Could you drive the car away from the accident?
  2. Was the door nearest the car seat undamaged?
  3. Were all occupants of the vehicle uninjured?
  4. Did the air bags remain un-deployed?
  5. Is there no visible damage to the car seat?

The NHTSA changed its policy on replacing seats after minor accidents because scientific studies were revealing that car seats continue to meet federal standards for performance and they wanted to ease the financial burden of replacing a seat that may be perfectly good. There was also some concern that some parents would toss the seat but then put the child in the car without a safety seat before they were ready.

Note that it is not a good idea to purchase a used car seat unless it is from a trusted friend or family member; it is impossible to know whether a seat has been in a car accident.

Car Accident Statistics

  • In 2004, 495 children under the age of 5 were killed in car accidents. Among these fatalities, approximately 173 (35 percent) of these children were totally unrestrained.
  • An estimated 451 children's lives were saved in 2004 because they were strapped into a child restraint system.
  • Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers, ages 1 to 4.

Car Seat Installation Safety Tips

  • Ensure that you purchase the right car seat for your child's weight and height.
  • Ensure that the seat is properly installed-have it checked by a car seat officer.
  • Never place an infant car seat next to an airbag.
  • Always use the chair's five-point harness system and ensure that the cross snap goes across the upper chest.
  • Never use a broken or defective car seat.

Note: If you decide that a car seat should be replaced, you may be able to get your insurance company to cover the cost. You may need to send them a photocopy of the car seat instruction booklet that shows the recommendation to replace the seat after a car accident.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

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