In 2004, 3,308 people were the victims of unintentional fatal drowning. That is an average of roughly 9 people dying each day. Non-fatal drowning can cause brain damage. The brain damage contributes to long-term disabilities like memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (a permanent vegetative state). Due to the risks associated with water, it is important to take steps to prevent drowning.
One of the most important things that can be done to prevent drowning is designating a responsible adult to watch children in the water and all children swimming or playing near water. This responsible adult should not be involved in any other activity while supervising children.
At all ages, it is important to swim with a buddy and, when possible, choose a swimming site that has a lifeguard on duty. In addition, it is important to avoid drinking alcohol during or before swimming, boating, or water swimming. Also, adults should not drink while they are supervising children.
Learning to swim is not seen as an adequate means of preventing drowning by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children under the age of 4. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends constant vigilant supervision and pool barriers even when children have completed classes.
Factors that contribute to drowning include a lack of supervision and barriers such as pool fencing, swimming in natural water settings like rivers, lakes, or oceans, and boating. Alcohol use is a leading cause of unintentional drowning in adults and adolescents.
If you have been injured in a non-fatal drowning accident, contact the Lake Geneva swimming injury lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-275-1729 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.