Children have been known to suffer harm or injury in a wide variety of accidents in New Jersey, with drowning and near-drowning accidents being one of the main causes of child injury and death during spring and summer months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that out of all children 1 to 4-years-old throughout the United States who died in accidents in 2005, about thirty percent were killed in a drowning incident. While increases in pool safety and drowning prevention over the last few years have helped drowning rates decrease, drowning is still the second-leading cause of accidental injury-associated fatalities for children ages 1 to 14 years.
While any parent, sibling, family member or babysitter knows that children are at least a little accident-prone, serious accidents such as drowning may be caused by another person’s negligence. For instance, child drowning accidents in New Jersey may result from lack of adult supervision, faulty pool gates, inadequate pool/spa barriers and even intoxicated driving in an open water setting. In order to help prevent child drowning, it is important to make sure that either your pool or a friend/family member’s pool has an outside door alarm, pool covering, proper pool/spa barriers and that children are being monitored at all times. It only takes a second for a small child to get out of sight and put in harm’s way.
Child swimming pool accidents may raise several complex premises liability issues that would be best handled by a skilled attorney who has handled these types of cases and has personal injury and wrongful death litigation experience. If your child has suffered injury from a swimming pool accident, whether the incident took place at another person’s home or at a public pool, a New Jersey child injury attorney can help protect your child’s rights.
A near drowning accident may be emotionally traumatic as well as physically devastating for a child. With the experienced personal injury attorneys from Lependorf & Silverstein on your side, you and your family can seek compensation for medical expenses associated with your child’s injury as well as damages for pain and suffering. Please call (609) 240-0040 today for a free case evaluation regarding your child injury or drowning accident.