CDC: 1 in 5 Drown Victims in U.S. Are Children

Who doesn’t love a pool party? Great food, quality time with friends and family, and of course, a few timeless cannonballs are the perfect combination for an enjoyable autumn day.

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Unfortunately, pools can be dangerous – particularly when they are surrounded by excited young kids. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 10 people die in fatal, unintentional drowning accidents every day on average in the United States. That adds up to 3,536 fatalities per year. Sadly, 1 in 5 of those victims is a young child, and for every child who dies from drowning, another five are admitted to emergency departments for submersion injuries.

If your child was injured or drowned in a swimming pool accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. A Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from Ed Bernstein & Associates can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.

Our law firm has helped more than 200,000 injured clients. Call 702-240-0000 to schedule a free initial consultation.

6 Ways to Prevent Swimming Pool Accidents

Hosting a pool party is a great way to enjoy the weekend, but it is important that parents monitor their kids and teach them how to avoid injuries. Here are six tips to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure at least one adult is supervising the children in the pool;
  2. Remind your kids about the importance of behaving safely in and around the pool;
  3. Find out if any adults know CPR;
  4. Never allow children to dive into water that is shallower than 6 feet deep;
  5. Make sure that any children who cannot swim are wearing floatation devices; and
  6. Do not let kids run on slippery surfaces.

What Should Go in a Swimming Pool First Aid Kit?

Unfortunately, even responsible children can suffer injuries in a swimming pool. Parents should prepare for the worst by keeping a first aid kit nearby. According to Summit County Public Health, this kit should include:

  • Band-Aids of various sizes;
  • Disposable latex gloves;
  • 1 inch roller gauze bandages;
  • 2 inch roller gauze bandages;
  • 2 inch x 2 inch gauze pads;
  • 3 inch x 3 inch gauze pads;
  • 1 inch hypo-allergenic adhesive tape;
  • A 39 inch triangular bandage;
  • Tweezers;
  • Scissors;
  • Splints;
  • Antibacterial soap;
  • An ice pack; and
  • Plastic bags to dispose of used materials.

If your child was injured in a swimming pool accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. A Las Vegas accident attorney from Ed Bernstein & Associates will evaluate your case to determine if you may have grounds for a claim.

Ed Bernstein & Associates has been representing the injured for more than 40 years. Our office is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 702-240-0000 to schedule a free initial consultation.

 

 

By |January 23rd, 2017|Accidents, Ed Bernstein|

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Ed Bernstein
Edward M. Bernstein, Esq. is one of the most recognizable figures in Nevada and one of the state’s premier personal injury attorneys. He has also served as an alternate judge for the City of Las Vegas Municipal Court and as an alternate judge for the City of North Las Vegas. In the year 2000, he was Nevada’s Democratic nominee for the United States Senate.

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