Swimming pool accidents and drownings are some of the most unbearable topics to discuss. It’s bad enough when a member of your family passed away due to a swimming pool accident, but now, you’re time is spent dealing with an insurance company instead of properly grieving. Florida swimming pool accident statistics are alarming. See below for more details.
Florida Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
Unsurprisingly, the State of Florida has the second most amount of private residential swimming pools of any state in the U.S. More private swimming pools means that Florida children and citizens may be at a greater risk of swimming pool accidents. Florida’s tropical weather, tourism, hotels, and private pool ownership may cause as many swimming pool injuries as any state. As a result, Florida swimming pool accidents and drownings occur as frequently in the State of Florida as anywhere in the U.S. In 2017, the State of Florida led the U.S. in the amount of accidental drownings of children. Additionally, 80% of childhood drownings were children under the age of five.
The American Association of Pediatrics claims that drowning is a leading cause of childhood death (a/k/a fatal drowning). Some children survive a drowning accident (a/k/a non-fatal drowning), however, non-fatal drowning can result in life-long physical, psychological and/or mental impairment and unforeseen future medical consequences and pain and suffering.
Swimming Death Statistics:
- In 2005, 10 Americans drowned each day (on average).
- Accidental death caused by drowning was the second leading cause of death for children under 14
- Girls are four times less likely to drown than boys
- Lack of supervision is usually a leading risk factor of drowning
- Pools should be fenced off to protect children.
Drowning accidents are not all fatal. Sometimes, a drowning victim is found prior to passing away. Even still, the drowning victim may experience and suffer from severe and permanent brain damage and physical injuries. Injuries to organs and lungs may be caused due to a lack of oxygen. Lack of oxygen to organs and lungs is commonly found in drowning related injuries.
Drowning Accident Injuries
Drowning accidents can have immediate and/or lifetime consequences. The physical and mental anguish caused by a drowning accident may remain with a child for their entire life. Other drowning injuries may include:
- Lung illnesses
- Brain Hemorrhage
- Brain Injuries
- Cognitive Impairment
- Nerve System Damage
- Mental Anguish
- Mood Disorder
- Future Medical Treatment
- Pain and Suffering
Common Causes Of Pool Accidents
A variety of things may cause swimming pool accidents and drownings. To prove a swimming pool accident claim, your attorney will examine the pool owner’s behavior and search for evidence that proves the owner was negligent. Pool owners and managers owe a duty to protect, inspect, and notify children and adults of potential hazards. You may have a legal claim against a swimming pool owner if the pool owner failed to:
- Provide life preservers
- Install ADA compliant ingress/egress chairs
- Provide depth Markers
- Warn of Dangers
- Lacked an on-duty life guard
- Lacked a gate
- Did not secure the pool with a fence
- Failure to supervise by a life guard or manager
- Inadequate lighting
- Slick or slippery surfaces
- Assault or sexual assault by a staff member or other pool guest
- Crime committed by a third party
- Faulty ladders
- Extremely shallow deep ends
- Pool does not have anti-entrapment devices
- Loose tiles
- Pool deck hazards
News & Resources
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