Even if you’re the best swimmer in the world, there is still a risk every time you take on water. Whether it’s swimming in the pool, boating in the lake, or kayaking in the river, there are many opportunities for injury when it comes to bodies of water. According to the CDC, about ten people die every day because of unintentional drowning. It is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States and the second leading cause of death for children. It is great to enjoy the water with your family in the spring and summer, but taking the proper precautions is the most important part of having a safe and enjoyable water-related experience.
How do water-related accidents happen?
Some common causes of water-related injuries and deaths are:
- inability to swim
- not wearing a life jacket when needed
- use of drugs and alcohol around water
- unsupervised children in the pool
- natural occurrences such as a rip tide
How do I prevent water-related accidents?
It can be easy to prevent water-related injuries if you’re willing to take the time to learn how
- Take swimming lessons, and make sure your children do as well. It is vital in preventing drowning between ages 1-4.
- Learn CPR with your family. New Jersey now requires high school students to learn CPR before graduation.
- Supervise children in pools and other bodies of water.
- Use a life vest when appropriate.
- Never take on water by yourself – bring a buddy along.
After suffering a water-related injury.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in the water, it is important to find out who is going to pay your bills.
The accident may have been caused by the negligence of a water ride operator, boat operator, designated supervisor, or property manager, depending on the nature of the accident. With the right lawyer, you can find who is responsible and take the next step in getting the compensation you deserve. Attorney Anthony Carbone is well-versed in all types of personal injury cases, and is ready to help you get back to living your life.