St. Louis swimming pool injury Lawyers
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St. Louis drowning victims and swimming pool negligence attorneys
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about ten people die from unintentional drowning every day. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
With the exception of death, acute spinal cord injury represents the most catastrophic result of swimming pool accidents. Quadriplegia, tetraplegia, paraplegia, skull fractures, brain damage and serious orthopedic injuries are the most common serious injuries.
If you have been injured in a swimming pool or your loved one died in a swimming pool accident, you have come to the right place. The lawyers of McChesney & Ortwerth have the knowledge, skill and experience to handle your case.
The most common causes of swimming pool injuries and deaths:
- Diving into a shallow portion of the pool;
- Diving from a springboard 30 inches or less from the water;
- Slipping on the pool deck or diving board;
- Diving from the pool’s internal steps;
- Cannonball diving;
- Head-first entry from a water slide;
- Feet-first entry from a water slide into shallow water;
- Horseplay around a swimming pool;
- Alcohol use;
- Recklessness around a swimming pool;
- Getting stuck in the bottom drain of a pool;
- Inadequate supervision;
- Inadequate swimming skill;
- Falling into the swimming pool;
- Inadequately trained life-guard.
Swimming pool injury statistics
- From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 deaths (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
- More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments (EDs) require hospitalization or transfer for further care (compared with a hospitalization rate of about 6% for all unintentional injuries). These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).