How serious a problem is child drowning in America? More serious than you probably think. Among children 1 to 14 years old, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths nationwide. And among the 3,443 people who died nationwide from drowning in 2007, one out of five victims was under 14 years old. Just recently, a 16-month-old toddler drowned in a swimming pool in Alabama.
Swimming pools are magnets for children on a hot, summer day. But children can drown just as easily in rivers, lakes or even in shallow water in bathtubs. And for every child who dies from drowning, another four must be rushed to an emergency room for nonfatal injuries caused by being submerged under water. Nonfatal drowning injuries often result in severe life-altering injuries, including permanent brain damage, learning disabilities and loss of basic functioning, including being in a vegetative state for life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sometimes, children drown accidently. Other times, other people’s reckless behavior results in your child’s death or serious injury. That’s why a Georgia couple was recently arrested after a 2-year-old child allegedly left unattended drowned in a Buford, Georgia swimming pool. That’s why laws exist requiring swimming pools to be properly fenced in. That’s why responsible adults put life preservers on children any time they ride in a boat. Accidents happen. Be prepared.
Has your child been killed or injured in a drowning accident? Unsure about what to do now? Scared? Confused? We can help. We’re the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.
Serving Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C., Mike Slocumb Law Firm has years of experience defending families traumatized by a child drowning. When you choose us, we will work tirelessly to hold irresponsible people accountable for their actions. We will vigorously fight for your rights and make sure your family gets the compensation you deserve. Don’t be a victim. Take action. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.