In the summertime, residents of Fort Worth and Arlington love to flock to the lake, pool or waterpark to enjoy swimming and watersports to cool off from the Texas sun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, nearly 10 drowning accidents every day in the United States, and children aged 14 or younger are involved in more than 25% of the accidents. As a child injury lawyer, I have handled all sorts of cases on behalf of parents whose children have been hurt due to someone else's negligence. Drowning incidents are always extremely serious as even those not ending in a fatality can cause permanent brain damage. In the event your family is affected by such a tragedy it is important that you consult with a board-certified trial attorney who can explain your legal rights as they relate to your personal situation.
Children under the age of 5 have the greatest risk of drowning. Given their natural curiosity, and absent of proper adult supervision, they are at risk of falling into bodies of water such as swimming pools or even bathtubs within the home. Besides providing adequate parental supervision and pool barriers to block kids' access to the water, it is important to teach your child how to swim. Toys like noodles and inner tubes are not intended to prevent drowning, so make sure the children don't get a false sense of security when using these devices, which may prompt them to take more risks. As a child grows up, the focus shifts from household and pool injuries to lakes, rivers, and oceans, so it increasingly important that you are confident of your child's swimming abilities.
If your child was involved in a drowning accident, you will want to consult with an experienced Tarrant County personal injury and wrongful death lawyer. Mark Anderson is a board certified trial attorney who has been helping families win child injury cases since 1991. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Mark, call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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