There are various different factors that contribute to unintentional drowning accidents. The ones most commonly cited are alcohol-impairment, failure to wear a life jacket while boating, lack of pool barriers that would prevent children from gaining access to the pool area, and failure to closely supervise children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual average of non-boating related fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S. from 2005 to 2014 was 332. Accidental drowning, instead of traffic accident, according to the CDC, is the leading cause of accidental death among children below five years old, while the most common place for this accident is swimming pool. For adults older than 85 and children under age 1, on the other hand, fatal drowning mostly occur in bath tubs. With regard to older children and younger adults, fatal drowning accidents often happen in natural bodies of water, like oceans, rivers and lakes.
The worst outcome of a drowning accident is the wrongful death of a loved one. In situations where it does not result in fatality, the victim can still suffer very serious injuries, like long-term disabilities which can alter a person’s life. One specific consequence of non-fatal drowning is severe brain damage, which can lead to memory problems, learning disabilities or permanent loss of basic functioning, which can leave a person in a vegetative state for the rest of his/her life.
Drowning accidents, both fatal and non-fatal, mostly occur in public pools or resorts. These accidents can be blamed on the pool or resort owner or manager, who often lacks the initiative to hire lifeguards, who allows pool drains to remain uncovered, and who allows the installation of poorly designed pool safety features.
Personal injury lawyers in West Palm Beach want you to know that property owners are required by law to warn guests and visitors of anything that could cause them harm on their property, and to then reasonably address those dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, there are far too many property owners who fail to maintain safety on their estate or warn guests of any dangers that may be present, resulting in unsuspecting visitors suffering serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
A person, whose action or lack of action leads to a drowning accident makes this person accountable for the harm suffered by a victim; he/she may also be legally required to compensate the victim (and his or her family) for whatever damages this victim is made to suffer.