Arizona is the number two state in the country with the highest rate of child drowning incidents, second only to Florida, according to an article on Explorer.com. A study conducted by Safe Kids USA found that drowning was the second leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 to 4 and ten to fourteen years of age. Drowning was the third leading cause of death for children under a year old.
About half of all drowning incidents, both fatal and non-fatal, occur in a home pool. Other places include spas, rivers, buckets and canals. Statistics show that about 10% of the kids who survive this kind of incident will have permanent brain damage. The severity of the damage will depend on how long the child was submerged under water, but in many cases, the damage can be substantial and include loss of motor function.
Typically, June through August are Arizona’s problem months with more incidents occurring during the summertime. Parents are urged to take CPR classes in case a Phoenix pool-related accident occurs and to take refresher courses each year. Additionally, keeping a strong eye on children when they’re playing and blocking access to the water with fences and child-proof locks could prevent a fatal drowning accident in Arizona.
The Phoenix personal injury attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices understand how traumatic and overwhelming a drowning accident can be, especially if it results in permanent brain damage or death. As parents ourselves, we recognize the importance of protecting our kids. Drowning accidents are preventable and if your child suffered serious or fatal injuries due to someone else’s negligence, our attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and seek compensation. While no amount of money can take back what happened, compensation can help lighten the financial burden of medical bills, pain and suffering and funeral costs in the event of a death. To schedule a free consultation with a Breyer Law Offices attorney, call (602) 978-6400.