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Accidental Drowning

Why do so many children die each year?

Accidental Drowning; A Leading Cause of Death for Young Children

Accidental drowning is a serious issue and one that warrants parental attention across the United States. Children who pass away in an accidental drowning may leave a wake of devastation behind. Parents should never have to bury their children, but unfortunately accidental drownings form serious concerns for parents these days.

Approximately 10 individuals pass away every single day from accidental drowning. Of those 10, 2 will be children aged 14 or younger.

No parent wants to ever live through the experience of losing a child due to a preventable accident. While most parents know that it’s important to keep an eye on their children while the kids are playing in the pool, sometimes accidents can happen even with a watchful eye. If the hotel property was not safe, for example, an injury can happen faster than a parent can react.

Causes of Accidental Drowning

One of the most common causes of unintentional injury death across the nation, drowning ranks fifth when compared with others. Given that one in five people who pass away as a result of drowning are children aged 14 and under, it is important for parents to recognize all the potential risks of drowning and to take necessary steps to minimize these risks.

When Are Hotels Responsible for a Drowning?

If you have recently lost a loved one in an accidental drowning on a hotel or resort pool property, you will probably have questions about whether or not that hotel can be held responsible. In order to prove that a resort or a hotel is liable for injuries or deaths that occur on a hotel premises, the injured party or the plaintiff must prove that the hotel was in some way negligent. This means demonstrating that the hotel owed a duty of care to the plaintiff and that in breaching this duty, an injury or death occurred.

If a hotel, for example, fails to maintain safe conditions or does not inspect the property then they could make themselves liable to a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim. The hotel is responsible for exercising reasonable care in maintaining safe premises. If they do not have an appropriate lifeguards or appropriate signage or adequate signage posted around the pool area, for example, and your child has suffered in an accidental drowning, you may wish to consult with an experienced injury attorney about your rights to bring forward a wrongful death case.

The amount of things to deal with in the aftermath of a drowning is overwhelming. Grieving parents should not have to figure how to work with the insurance company or other issues associated with the legal handling of the injury claim. That’s there an experienced lawyer who has handled cases involving hotel pool drownings before can be helpful. No amount of money will ever replace the loss of your loved one, but you should be able to grieve and heal after an accident and know that your lawyer is working hard on your behalf.

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