With the weather expected to warm up in the coming months, many kids are eagerly awaiting the day when they will be able to rush out and jump in the pool. While swimming is a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous, and our Boston injury lawyers have helped children and their families recover compensation for injuries and deaths resulting from a Massachusetts drowning.
While grownups can often anticipate the risks involved for kids when swimming in a regular pool, hot tub, or beach, portable pools can be just as dangerous. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it receives reports of about 35 child swimming deaths involving kids younger than 5 in portable pools every year. That’s 11% of all pool drowning deaths for that age group.
It is the responsibility of the person who owns or oversees a pool to make sure that the kids using it are safe. It doesn’t matter whether it is a small blow-up pool or one that can contain thousands of gallons of water. It takes just a few inches of water for someone who has submerged his/her face in it to drown. A child who survives a Boston drowning accident may be left with a traumatic brain injury, severe disabilities, or other injuries.
Child drownings can happen when the pool is inadequately supervised. This may mean that there wasn’t an adult present that knew how to swim at the pool or the portable pool containing water was left easily accessible to kids when no grown ups were around. Placing a cover on the pool, fencing it in with a barricade high enough that children can’t get in, or locking up the portable pool are some ways to prevent accidental drowning.
Drowning is Silent: Portable Pools, CPSC, April 24, 2012
Unintentional Drowning: Fact Sheet, CDC
More Blog Posts:
Massachusetts Swimming Pool Death: State Report Released on Woman’s Fatal Fall River Drowning, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, April 12, 2012
Boy Dies Following Shrewsbury Drowning Accident at Summer Camp, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, July 29, 2012
13-Year-Old Nearly Drowns in Falmouth Swimming Pool Accident at Holiday Inn, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, July 21, 2010
Contact our Boston injury lawyers today to talk about your Massachusetts swimming pool accident that you believe occurred because someone else was negligent.