Water Injury Prevention
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Water injuries can be life-threatening. Water injury victims may suffer from debilitating injuries and hefty medical bills as a result of the incident. Fortunately, many water injuries can be prevented if reasonable safety measures are taken beforehand. Learning a few water injury prevention tips may help you and your loved ones avoid a devastating accident.
What Is A Water Accident?
A water accident is any harmful event that takes place in or around water. Although the definition of a water accident is relatively straightforward, there are many different kinds of incidents that may cause a water injury.
Unfortunately, many water accidents result in death or permanent injury. About one in five drowning victims are children below the age of 14 years old. Notably, a child can drown in as little as two inches of water. Parents and guardians should be aware of the risks associated with even small bodies of water.
Water accidents occur every day in the United States. These accidents claim thousands of lives a year. For those who survive, water accidents may also inflict severe, long-term emotional and financial hardship into a victim’s life.
What Are Some Common Water Accidents?
In the last decade, the United States reported, on average, nearly ten fatal unintentional drownings per day. For every child who dies from water injuries, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Additionally, more than half of drowning victims required hospitalization or further care following an accident.
Many different circumstances can give rise to water injuries. However, there are a few risky situations that tend to create water injuries more often than others. Water accidents commonly involve:
- Boats and powered watercrafts
- Jet skis
- Swimming pools
- Water parks
- Slippery floors
- Maritime life
Although these situations commonly give rise to water injuries, the list is not exhaustive. If you or a loved one has been injured in a water accident, you may still be entitled to compensation, even if your claim does not involve one of these circumstances. It may be helpful to contact a water injury lawyer to determine who may be at fault for the injury and determine the strength of your claim.
Why Do Water Accidents Happen?
Water accidents can be caused by a variety of reasons. Even though water accidents can involve a wide range of factors, many arise out of a party’s negligent failure to exercise reasonable care, such as by implementing safety measures.
While the list of potential causes is endless, there are a few common reasons for these devastating accidents:
1. Poor Supervision
It takes less than five minutes for an individual, young or old, to drown. Negligent supervision can cause a person to drown in a variety of situations, whether it be a child in a bathtub or an adult at a public pool. A drowning can occur anywhere where there is a standing puddle of water. These accidents usually happen quickly and quietly. Those responsible for supervising events involving water must take their jobs seriously to avoid any undesirable consequences.
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2. Alcohol and Drug Use
According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70% of water recreation deaths involve alcohol. In 2010, alcohol played a substantial role in 20% of boating fatalities and 25% of total drownings. The consumption of alcohol or drugs generally influences a person’s cognitive abilities, which greatly increases the risk of injury in situations involving water. These influential substances affect a swimmer’s balance, coordination, and judgment. Since those specific abilities are extremely important when engaging in water-based activities, swimmers should avoid consuming alcohol if they plan on being around water.
3. Defective Equipment
Defective equipment is another cause of drowning accidents. A defective pool drain or may result in suction entrapment, where a victim is pulled in by a pool drain and held underwater by the sudden suction. Additionally, faulty water slides and flotation devices can also result in serious bodily injury, especially if the defect is not noticed before using the product.
4. Reckless Behavior
Although pools and lakes are meant to be enjoyed, reckless behavior is a leading cause of water accidents in the United States. Water-goers commonly fail to follow appropriate safety procedures and instead choose to engage in risky behavior. Every year, hundreds of people suffer slip and fall injuries around bodies of water because they are running or moving too quickly on slippery floors and surfaces. Many others suffer injuries from diving into unsafe or shallow waters. Children and adults alike must adhere to water safety protocols to prevent water injuries.
5. Inability to Swim
Many adults and children report an inability to swim. Participating in formal swimming lessons, regardless of age, greatly lessens the risk of drowning, especially among children aged one to four years. If you are unable to swim, you may be inadvertently putting yourself in danger. Learning proper swimming skills will help you reduce your risk of drowning and give you solid peace of mind when around substantial bodies of water.
Males, children, and minorities are most at risk for water injuries, which are becoming increasingly more common. If you or a loved one has been injured in a water accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation.
What Are Some Common Water Injuries?
Injuries resulting from a water accident can impose a heavy burden on a victim and their family. There are many different injuries that a victim may be subjected to, ranging in severity and permanency. A victim may suffer from:
- Memory loss
- Brain injury
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Cuts, lesions, and punctures
- Retinal dislocation
- Spinal injury
The types of injuries that a victim sustains may vary depending on the specifics of their accident. It is imperative that individuals and families alike know the risks and concerns of water activities to prevent disastrous accidents and consequences.
water injury prevention tips
Although many water accidents appear unforeseeable, most water injuries can be prevented with proper safety procedures and protocols. Specifically, experts recommend a list of practices to prevent water injuries:
- Know how to swim
- Never swim alone
- Do not dive into shallow or murky water
- Know how to do CPR
- Do not swim in an unknown river or lake
- Avoid swimming after a storm or with strong currents
- Stay out of the water during a lightning storm
- Assess water and weather conditions before swimming
- Install safety gates and features on personal pools
- Do not drink or use drugs around water
- Avoid swimming in the dark
- Know your limits
- Restrict access to pools
Water accidents and injuries are extremely common and occur every day in some parts of the United States. Fortunately, swimmers and their guardians can prevent most of these accidents and tragedies. By following these safety protocols, families can avoid losing a loved one to a water accident. Choosing to follow these simple guidelines may very well be the difference between life and death.
WHO MAY BE LIABLE FOR WATER INJURIES?
An experienced lawyer may help you determine if someone else can be held legally liable for you or your loved one’s water injury. Another party may be partly responsible depending on:
- Whether the accident occurred on public or private property
- Whether the swimmer was allowed to be on the property
- Whether the victim was partly responsible for their own injuries
- Whether the owner of the property took steps to make the water area reasonably safe for visitors
There are many other factors that may impact whether another party may be liable for damages related to a water accident. You should speak to a lawyer about the details of your case to determine the best path forward.
Our Water Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help
Though preventing a water injury is the best-case scenario, accidents happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a water accident, you should contact a lawyer who handles water injury lawsuits as soon as possible. A water injury attorney may be able to help you seek legal recourse for any damages related to the incident and evaluate the specific facts of your claim.
Though some water injuries may seem like no one’s fault, some are preventable with reasonable caution. Our experienced water injury lawyers help victims seek compensation for their injuries from the at-fault parties and their insurance companies. The sooner you contact our office, the higher the likelihood that we will be able to assist you in filing your claim on time.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a water injury accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our water injury lawyers. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
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