Summer Series: Preventing Drowning

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Drowning in swimming pools, lakes, and in the ocean, also needlessly claims thousands of lives each year. According to statistics, drowning is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death for people ages 1 through 77. There are two types of drowning: Active, where the person is aware and fighting for their life, and passive drowning where the person simply disappears with no fight.

Drowning deaths and injuries can occur due to improperly prepared or unsupervised lifeguards. Frequently lifeguards are only young kids who lack experience and training to do their job effectively. They also may not be in the ideal physical shape to be responsible for the life of other people. Additionally a lifeguard can become bored, fatigued and lose their concentration and focus, especially if they remain in a single spot while overlooking the pool or beach area for an extended period of time. In this case they may not be as alert, and may miss critical signs of impending trouble that are taking place in the water. In certain instances, people have been known to forge lifeguard certificates allowing them to be responsible for swimmers and yet have no experience or training. Even in those instances where lifeguards are properly certified, problems arise in different standards of training. A lifeguard certificate can be received from different facilities and standards and training may vary significantly. This may lead to confusion for the lifeguard, and leave them ill prepared to perform their life saving tasks. It could also result in mistakes that cost a swimmer their lives.

Have you or someone you know been involved in an aquatic injury and seeking compensation? Our experienced and knowledgeable New York aquatic injury attorney can help you with your legal claim today!

Visit the CDC’s Drowning Information Page: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/drown.htm

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