With the passing of Memorial Day, many pool owners in New York are enjoying
life poolside. This time of year is eagerly awaited with hopes of warm,
sunny days so that the water can be a new playground. But of course, sometimes
the fun is tempered by a preventable accident.
Experienced Newburgh swimming pool accident attorneys have handled numerous negligence cases in which a swimmer was injured
or killed in a swimming pool related accident.
Statistics show that there are approximately ten deaths every day in the United States that are the result of unintentional drowning. The
death toll increases if boating related deaths are factored in. Males
represent 80% of those deaths. Moreover, 30% of all children aged one
to four years who have died, passed as a result of drowning. Looked at
another way, 75% of all pool related deaths are suffered by children four
years old and younger. Minorities are also at a greater risk of drowning.
Swimming pool related injuries account for a yearly average of 5,200 emergency
department admissions when only counting children below the age of fifteen.
54% of children under the age of five who were injured in a
swimming pool related accident were hurt while swimming in a residential pool. 85% of children of the
same age who died in a pool accident were swimming in a residential pool.
The type of pool in which one swims is a factor as well. Almost 60% of
swimming pool fatalities happen in in-ground pools.
Inadequate supervision is linked to just over half of all drownings.
Lifeguard negligence accounts for almost 80% of those drownings. Environmental issues, such
as sun glare and water depth account for another 22% of all drownings.
Greater depth of water doesn’t necessarily mean greater danger;
half of all drownings occur in depths less than five feet.
The type of swimming activity affects pool accidents as well. Running and
misjudging distance accounts for most swimming accidents. Not even 10%
is related to diving board accidents. Lack of competent swimming ability
is a leading cause of drowning as well.
As mentioned above with lifeguards, lack of supervision is a leading cause of
swimming pool deaths, as is a lack of having a pool fenced in and separated away from the house.
Alcohol use plays a role as well with older swimmers. Although not as
common as other causes, seizures are known to contribute to water related
injuries and deaths.
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