Summer is now just around the corner, which means there will certainly be trips to the pool for both adults and children. Whether you are visiting a friend who has their own pool or taking a dip at the local community center, injuries can happen if individuals do not take proper precautions. Here are some facts you should know to ensure you and your family stay safe in the water.
Drowning and Children
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children 1-14 years old. Drowning at pools is also not what you might expect. The immediate thought most people have is that someone would be flailing in the water and crying out for help. However, in reality, drowning is silent and quick. A small child may barely have a chance to catch their breath and may barely move their limbs as they go under the water.
Dry Drowning Is Just as Deadly
You have heard the term “dry drowning.” This refers to a situation of a child getting water in their nose or mouth that never actually enters the lungs. However, instead, it enters the airways after causing spasms in the vocal cords, which can lead to difficulty breathing. Dry drowning is not immediately noticeable and only manifests later. It can lead to death if the child is not treated as soon as you notice certain symptoms, which include the following:
• Complaints of chest pain
• Difficulty breathing
• Feeling extremely tired or fatigued
• Low energy levels
Secondary drowning can occur if a child began drowning previously but was rescued. However, it can be deadly as well. If water gets into the lungs and is not expelled, it can later lead to pulmonary edema, which can worsen within 24 hours. The symptoms of secondary drowning are the same as for dry drowning and should be addressed as soon as they are noticed.
Tragedies Can Happen During Distraction
If a child is visiting a friend who has a pool and they go in the water, it’s important that an adult supervise them at all times. Distractions such as smartphones, magazines, or simple conversations may take an adult’s focus away from the children in the pool. Even a few short minutes of not dutifully watching children in the pool can lead to a tragic drowning situation.
If you are located in Texas and your child drowned or suffered a serious injury while at a pool, do not hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. At Stern Law Group, we will advise you of your rights and fight to get you and your family fair compensation for the situation you have endured.
Contact Stern Law Group at (877) 661-9900 for a free case evaluation.