Swimming pools pose a real danger to children. Due to the relatively warm climate in Texas, we have more than our fair share of private and public swimming pools. Under proper supervision, swimming pools provide endless entertainment for children, and serve as a place to learn to swim, play with friends and form memories that will last a lifetime.
Negligent supervision, however, can turn an otherwise great experience into something terrible. Children are drawn to swimming pools. This known curiosity can, and often does, lead to disastrous results. We at McGehee ☆ Chang, Barnes, Landgraf represent children who have been injured in swimming pool accidents and families who have suffered the tragic loss of a child in a swimming pool accident.
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Swimming Pool Accidents
The danger that swimming pools pose to children is well known. Unfortunately, this knowledge is sometimes disregarded, like when a swimming pool lacks proper fencing, when children are allowed to swim without proper supervision, and when rough horseplay is tolerated in a pool under adult supervision. The result of this carelessness is a staggering number of drownings and catastrophic non-fatal submersion injuries to children.
After automobile accidents, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children aged 1 to 14. Children under 5 are especially vulnerable because of their high energy, curiosity, ignorance to the danger, and lack of ability to rescue themselves when in trouble.
Although fatal drownings are generally thought of when considering the result of a pool-related accident, non-fatal water injuries also exist. These non-fatal injuries can be catastrophic because they often involve a lack of oxygen to the brain which results in permanent neurological injury.
Drownings and near-drownings are devastating to any family. McGehee ☆ Chang, Barnes, Landgraf works hard to bring justice for the injured child, and prevent the same type of unsafe behavior that caused this accident from ever happening again. If you have suffered the loss of a child due to a drowning, or have a child who suffers from injuries due to a pool-related accident, contact the attorneys at McGehee ☆ Chang, Barnes, Landgraf to discuss your potential case.