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Drowning Accidents and Children

By Doan Law Firm  Jan. 26, 2011 5:52p

It is an unfortunate fact that children are frequently the victims of unintentional drowning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in five fatal drowning victims are children aged 14 years and younger. The CDC also reports that for every one child that loses his or her life due to drowning, another four receive emergency medical treatment for nonfatal injuries.  Near drowning may have serious consequences for a child or adult, leading to brain damage, coma, memory problems, learning disabilities and a permanent loss of basic functions or cognitive skills.

Why do these drowning accidents occur? An accident of this kind may occur for various different reasons. A child may be negligently supervised by a parent, relative, lifeguard or other caregiver. A pool may be improperly fenced off or covered in order to prevent a child from being injured. A pool drainage or filtration system may be defective and may cause a child to become entrapped under water. These are the most common scenarios related to fatal and nonfatal drowning accidents.

When a child does drown or is injured in a near drowning accident, it is important to consider working with an attorney. You may be able to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for medical treatment, continued medical care, loss of earnings and various other damages or losses associated with the incident and the injuries that your child has experienced. This can make a difference in quality of life and your ability to provide proper medical treatment. If you lost your child, you can seek to hold the responsible party fully accountable for their actions.

At the Doan Law Firm, we understand that this is most likely an extremely difficult situation to deal with. The firm is here not only to offer you skilled legal representation but to offer you the compassionate support that will help you make it through.

Contact a Drowning Accident Attorney at the firm today. We are committed to helping victims and their families throughout the U.S. and offer a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can assist you.

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