Drowning and Diving Accidents

Every summer people head to the pool to cool off and have fun splashing with their friends and family in Arizona pools and lakes. Unfortunately, dozens of children die annually due to water-related accidents, as well as a handful of adults.  Reports of child deaths in swimming pools are seen every year in Arizona, especially during the summer.

Serious injuries may result from swimming and diving accidents, including bone fractures, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries. Large amounts of water are not necessary for a drowning to occur.

It only takes 2 inches of water to place children at risk of drowning. The following items may pose a drowning threat: bathtubs, buckets, toilets, spas, hot tubs, landscape ponds, sinks, and fish tanks.

Swimming pools can be great fun and exercise for people of all ages. The following are some swimming pool safety tips to help keep you and you loved ones safe:

  • Every pool should be equipped with a 4 foot tall gate with a functional child-proof lock
  • Always have an adult supervise when children are swimming
  • Use pool covers (manual or power) when pool is not in use
  • Have children attend swimming class to learn proper swimming and pool safety procedures
  • Only use approved floatation devices for your children
  • Never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Do not dive or jump into the shallow end of the pool
  • Children or adults should never swim alone

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drowning or diving accident, the pool owner or manager may be held legally responsible for the damages occurring on the premises. They may compensate you for the medical expenses related to the injury, which may be very expensive, as well as lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drowning or diving accident contact the attorneys at the Lara Law Firm, PLLC.

Swimming pool accidents in Arizona

Whether a life was lost or they were successfully rescued, if you answered yes to this question, you should contact a Tucson personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and options for a claim.  Accidental drownings are devastating and life-changing events which should never happen to a loved one.  Unfortunately, accidents happen and we, at the Lara Law Firm, want you to know that we are here to do everything we can to help your family through any legal aspect of your crisis to make the very best of the future.

Has someone you know been a victim in a drowning accident?

Money cannot take the place of a family member or someone dear to you.  However, if you have lost someone or they have been seriously injured in a water accident, there can be extensive costs now burdening you.  The victim may have long-term medical treatment or basic lifestyle alterations due to brain damage, paralysis, loss of memory or even funeral costs.  You should not be tied up with worry about such things but should be caring for your loved ones who are affected.

Precaution Use To Prevent Pool Accidents

Some telling statistics show how safety precaution and training to prevent accidents can be vital:

  • The Center for Disease control has reported that 25% of fatal drowning accidents involved children under age 14. For every 1 child in a fatal drowning accident, there are 4 treated for water submersion accidents, some of which result in permanent brain damage.
  • The Consumer Products Safety Commission has cited drowning as the number one cause of child accidental death in the United States.
  • Adults drowning happen more often in natural water settings than in man-made water settings.
  • Children have reported a better ability to swim than adults, indicating less understanding and appreciation of the potential dangers for water submersion accidents.

Precaution can include adult supervision, even if a sibling is also present.  It can also include water training, for infants, children or adults alike.  However, if an accident has already occurred and you need someone to turn to for experienced and compassionate legal representation, the attorneys and professional staff at the Lara Law Firm are here and willing to help.

Contact a Tucson Drowning Accident Attorney from our offices if you or a loved one has been a victim in a drowning accident.