Naples Accident Attorney: Drowning Still Leading Cause of Injury Death For Toddlers

by Carmen Dellutri on June 7, 2012

Florida pool accident attorneyDespite increased prevention efforts, drowning remains the leading cause of death in children under age 4 other than birth defects, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this age group, about 2.5 deaths occurred for every 100,000 children in the population, the report said.

As Naples accident attorneys, we would like to share several other sobering statistics:

  • From 2005 to 2009, about 3,880 people died from drowning each year in the United States, and more than 5,700 received emergency care for near-drowning incidents.
  • More than half of all people treated in emergency rooms for near drowning were less than 4 years old.
  • The rate of death for males of all ages was about four times that of females (2 deaths per 100,000 for males versus 0.5 deaths per 100,000 for females).
  • More than 50% of the accidents studied occurred in natural bodies of water, almost 18% took place at pools, and about 10% happened in the bathtub.
  • African-Americans had a higher death rate from drowning than whites, Hispanics, or other races.
  • Alcohol played a role in nearly 22% of all nonfatal drowning injuries among those aged 15 or older.

Finally, the CDC report found that almost half of the nonfatal injuries and more than one-third of the deadly drownings happened on weekends between June and August. To help children stay safe this summer, please check out our drowning prevention blog posts.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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