An 18-month-old girl nearly drowned after she fell into an inflatable pool. The Gloucester Township reports that the near drowning incident occurred on Glamis Place in Gloucester Township. Officials say the child’s mother was visiting friends while children were playing at the residence. The young girl was found in the pool and an individual at the residence performed CPR until emergency crews arrived. She was reported as conscious and alert at the hospital. It is unclear if an adult was supervising the pool at the time of the incident.
According to a 2008 press release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), drowning is the number one cause of accidental deaths among children. Approximately one in four fatal drowning accidents involve a child 14 years of age or younger. Many of these incidents occur in bodies of water other than a swimming pool. There were 69 cases of bathtub drowning incidents in 2002 and 17 child drowning incidents in inflatable pools in 2005. Serious or fatal New Jersey child injuries may also occur in hot tubs, buckets, fishponds, fountains, and toilets.
Any time there is a body of water on a property, it must be closely guarded and monitored by an adult. When a swimming pool or drowning accident occurs, the victim’s family would be well advised to discuss all of their legal options with a skilled personal injury lawyer. Financial compensation may be available for medical bills, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and other related damages.