Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to pull out the swimsuits and floating toys. Before you pack up for the lake or send your child to the neighbor’s house for a dip, you might want to educate yourself on the risks associated with swimming, particularly when it comes to children.
After auto accidents, drowning is the second leading cause of death in children. It takes only 30 seconds for a small child to drown in as little as one inch of water. Older children are not immune to this hazard either. Young adults ages 15 to 24 are at high risk of drowning.
According to experienced Green Bay based wrongful death lawyers, the two top reasons for a child drowning in Wisconsin are:
- Lack of proper fencing around the pool. Whether it’s in a residential neighborhood or a public area, city laws regulate how a pool should be protected from curious little ones, and with good reason. Statistics show that proper fencing could prevent at least half of the more than 800 child drowning cases that occur in the U.S. every year. If you have a pool, be sure it is properly fenced and covered. If your neighbors or friends have pools, don’t be afraid to insist that your little ones are properly protected.
- Lack of adequate adult supervision. It takes less than a minute for a young child to drown. That’s why it’s extremely important for children to have adult supervision at all times. This means that the person “watching” the kids in the pool should refrain from other distractions, such as a phone call.
If you have lost a child or other family member to a Wisconsin drowning accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness, you might have the right to sue the negligent person for their actions.
Even if your child didn’t drown, a near drowning—one of 5,000 in the U.S. each year—can cause permanent brain damage that requires expensive, long-term care.
To see if you have a case for a wrongful death lawsuit in Wisconsin, call the experienced Green Bay wrongful death lawyers of Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. When you call, don’t forget to order your free copy of our informational book, The Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You To Know.