It is the responsibility of every property owner to make sure that their customers or guests are reasonably safe during their visits. When that property features a swimming pool, pond, lake, or are on another large body of water, it is also the property owner’s responsibility to make sure that all precautions have been taken to avoid a drowning accident. Failure to do so can result in personal injury and premise liability lawsuits against that property owner. Victims of drowning accidents in Massachusetts, or their families should seek out an experienced Boston Personal Injury Lawyer.
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Most Common Locations of Drowning Injuries to Children
For many, summertime is the most exciting season of the year. While the kids are out of school, families take vacations, go on picnics, and take part in various forms of sports. Many of these activities include water, such as swimming, canoeing, rafting, boating, fishing, and more. It is very vital that parents keep a close watch on children which are near any body of water. Of course, it is even possible to drown in a bathtub. Other “bodies of water” which are often overlooked are hot tubs and whirlpools. While children may not use these, their natural curiosity could easily lead them to a catastrophe when near these bodies of water. Kids who are under one year old are more likely to suffer a drowning accident in a bucket or a tub. Those who are from 1 to 4 are more likely to suffer a drowning accident in a pool. Kids from 5 to 14 suffer more drowning injuries in natural bodies of water, and those who are over 14 are more likely to have alcohol or drugs contribute to the drowning accident. At any age they parental and professional supervision.
How to Prevent Children from Drowning
Children can also drown in natural bodies of water, such as creeks, streams, ponds, rivers, and oceans. Even a small garden pond can be dangerous of children are left unattended nearby. When enjoying the the beach, river, or lake, adults should never use alcohol while watching over children. Teach children to avoid jellyfish and other marine animals which could cause injury. When in lakes and rivers, children should always wear swimming shoes to avoid rocks, broken bottles and other hazards which could be lurking on the riverbed or lake’s floor. Over a fourth of all drowning deaths occur in children under the age of 14. Over four times as many children as suffer fatal drowning injuries suffer what is known as “submersion injuries.” While the drowning accident may not kill the child, it may leave them with memory issues, learning disabilities, and in some cases, permanent brain damage that leaves them in a vegetative state.
How to Avoid Drowning Injuries in Adults
The majority of drowning accidents occur in the summer, and even more of those on weekends. Ninety percent of drowning accidents happen in fresh water, with fifty percent of those occurring in swimming pools. All too often, the adults who suffer from drowning injuries do so while intoxicated. It is best to avoid any alcohol use if swimming, boating, and other participating in other water sports is on the agenda. When in rivers, beware of the undertow, and in the ocean, avoid rip currents. Adults need supervision when they swim as well. Never swim alone or when it is dark.
While swimming is a fun family pastime, it is vital that precautions are taken to ensure your family’s safety. If you or someone you love has suffered a drowning injury despite the fact that you took the needed precautions, be sure to contact Boston Personal Injury Attorney Neil Burns.