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Reports Show Alarming Increase of Drowning Accidents Among Santa Clara Children

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drowning accidents, San Jose personal injury attorneys, drowning risks, children and swimming, Santa Clara drowningSwimming is a favorite activity for children over the summer months. Being out of school, they are likely to want to spend time at the beach or in water parks and swimming at a friend’s home. While this provides children with a fun way to stay physically active and fit, it is important to take precautions to prevent drowning and near drownings, which can result in severe personal injuries.

Drowning Accidents Spike In Santa Clara County

According to a July 2018 report in the Mercury News, drowning accidents have spiked significantly over the past several months. Three children have died as the result of fatal drownings since May, while local hospital rooms have already treated more children for injuries caused by near drowning accidents recently than they have over previous summer seasons. As of the end of June, a total of eight children between the ages of 18 months and 11 years have been affected, with five of the victims under age four.

Drownings among children can happen quickly, even in relatively small amounts of water. The smaller the child, the more heightened the risk. In addition to the tragic loss of life and the devastating grief family and friends suffer when fatalities occur, near drownings can leave victims and their loved ones with severe injuries that have major impacts on every area of their lives now and for years into the future.

The injuries suffered in these accidents and the lack of blood flow that occurs when a near drowning happens can result in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These can be catastrophic and can cause lasting physical, developmental, and cognitive impairments. Sadly, these accidents often occur as the result of a lack of supervision. Not having a pool fenced in, swimming alone or in deep or otherwise dangerous waters, and not having a lifeguard present can all increase the risk.

Protecting Your Child Against Drowning Accidents

Whether at home and in your own pool, or at the beach, a neighbor’s house, or nearby parks and recreational facilities, it is important to make your children of the potential dangers and to take the steps needed to avoid drowning accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that protect young swimmer and follow these steps:

  • Teach your child to swim. It is a skill that can help reduce their drowning risks;
  • Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In the event of a drowning, knowing how to perform CPR could prove life saving; and
  • Make sure children are well attended when swimming. Whether at a neighbors home, in the ocean, or at other swimming facilities, make sure there is a lifeguard present or an adult who will be monitoring children at all times. Do not underestimate the hazards-running inside for even a minute or glancing at your cellphone is long enough for a drowning accident to occur.

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Jachimowicz Law Group provides the compassionate, professional legal representation you need to hold negligent parties accountable when accidents occur. To discuss how we can help you, reach out and contact our dedicated San Jose personal injury attorneys today.

Sources:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/02/spike-in-county-child-drownings-calls-for-safety-reminders/

https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/drowning/index.html

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