July 16th, 2014|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the risk of drowning is a serious safety hazard for children in the United States today, with as many as two children dying every day as the result of drownings. A majority of these incidents occur in swimming pools.
These hazards hit home this month in Middle Tennessee when a 6-year-old boy was struggling to hold onto his life after a Goodlettsville swimming pool accident. Reports indicate the incident occurred on the afternoon of Friday, July 11.
An article from News Channel 5 states the victim was part of a group of children swimming in the pool as part of a summer camp program. Adults who were supervising the children said they had been in the pool for around five minutes when they noticed the child at the bottom of the pool.
He was pulled to safety and CPR was administered immediately, but the child has been comatose since the accident. Now, the victim’s family is unsure if he will fully recuperate from his injuries.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law would like to send their thoughts to the victim and his family as he continues to recover from this tragic accident. The firm would also like to remind you to take extra precautions around the pool by:
- Learning to swim or teaching others to swim.
- Always swimming with supervision.
- Taking extra precautions to secure pool areas when not in use.
June 11th, 2014|
When we think of the risks of drowning, most people tend to believe a person must be submerged in water in order to suffer such an accident; however, experts are warning this may not necessarily be the case. Instead, they are instructing parents and lifeguards to be aware of a swimming pool accident that is commonly known as a “dry drowning”.
Dr. Ian Kane from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville explains a dry drowning can occur when a person accidentally inhales water while swimming or participating in other water activities. The water in the lungs can then prevent oxygen from being absorbed into the blood stream from the lungs, causing the victim to suffocate. Dr. Kane goes on to explain in an interview with News Channel 5 that this type of swimming pool accident accounts for roughly 5 percent of all drowning cases that are treated at the hospital.
So what can you do to help prevent dry drownings from occurring? Our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates says taking these three steps can help:
- Knowing CPR– Being familiar with these techniques are vital to saving the life of many accident victims, including those suffering from dry drowning.
- Observing and Reporting- If a swimmer is pulled from the water and is resuscitated, watch their coughing patterns for between 5-10 minutes. If coughing stops, the victim is likely okay. If the coughing persists though, the incident should be reported to a doctor immediately.
- Seeking Medical Attention- If you believe the victim of a swimming accident has water in their lungs, getting treatment can be crucial to survival.
June 6th, 2014|
It’s important to keep pool safety in mind during the summer, as drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for both children and adults during the summer.
To raise public awareness about pool safety while working to prevent swimming pool accidents, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched a campaign called “Pool Safely”.
The goal of the campaign is to get all children and adults to learn to swim by the end of the year. Those who wish to participate simply complete a pledge form.
The Pool Safely Kids Pledge says that the individual promises to never swim alone and will ask to take swim lessons. They will also vow to stay away from drains while following all pool rules.
Adults can also complete a pledge form that says they will always designate an adult to supervise swimmers in the water and will teach their children to swim. The form also states they promise to learn CPR, remove ladders, and have proper fencing around the pool when not in use.
At Ponce Law, our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers encourages you to be responsible around the pool this summer and to consider signing a commitment to that pledge.