It is typical to hear about traumatic childhood brain injuries caused by traumatic births or automobile accidents. But, there is another cause of childhood traumatic brain injuries that is just as dangerous, but is less widely recognized - drownings. Drownings are a dangerous way for children to easily suffer permanent, and even fatal, brain injuries.
The beautiful weather in Orange County, California makes swimming pools one of the most prominent features of homes, but, in homes where children are present, swimming pools pose a great danger.
In cases of drownings, traumatic brain injuries are caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain as a result of being underwater for a prolonged period of time. This can severely inhibit the functioning of a child's brain. Moreover, such an injury can seriously inhibit that child's future brain development.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger". Additionally, the CDC reports that there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in 2007. These tragedies occur most often as a result of lack of supervision or proper precautions - the installation and consistent use of a pool gate.
Swimming is supposed to be a fun, carefree, part of growing up in Southern California. So what can parents do to make sure swimming remains a memorable childhood pastime? The CDC found that, "participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages 1 to 4 years old". Their research suggests that (1) swimming lessons, (2) supervision when in or around the water, and (3) use of the buddy system are crucial to ensuring the safety of children when in and around a pool.
If your son or daughter has been suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a drowning accident or any other accident, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Cohn & Swartzon. As part of our free consultation we will help to discern whether or not there was negligence that places responsibility on any of the parties involved. Brain injuries can be extremely costly to treat. Between an endless amount of hospital visits and the unfortunate loss of current and future wages of parents and children alike, the medical costs will pile up much more quickly than most people would imagine.
Without an experienced personal injury attorney, you will likely get an insufficient settlement, which will leave you with medical and other costs which you are financially unable to pay. As Orange County personal injury attorneys we can help you obtain just compensation for your suffering. At Cohn & Swartzon we know the trauma associated with drowning accidents and the pain they can cause family members. We consistently provide reliable legal representation throughout the legal process in an effort to reduce our clients' anxiety and suffering. Don't let the financial burden of an injury put your family in financial jeopardy. Call our offices today.
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