Summer of 2012 Proves Deadly for Florida Drowning Accidents

by Carmen Dellutri on October 11, 2012

Florida pool accident attorneyTragically, the summer of 2012 saw a high number of fatal drowning accidents, here in Florida and across the country. As we have previously highlighted on this Florida personal injury blog, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children one to four years of age.

According to a newly released report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC), 137 children younger than 15 years drowned in a pool or spa during the traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day this year. Another 168 children under 15 were treated in hospitals for near-fatal drowning incidents in pools or spas this summer.

During the summer of 2012, Florida was one of twelve states that suffered the largest number of pool and spa drownings. This year there were six deaths in the state.

"These figures are a strong indication that child drownings are a serious public health problem," CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said. "We are losing too many children to drowning, tragically cutting short these young lives and leaving families devastated. While summer is ending, our vigilance in ensuring that all children pool safely must not end. With so many indoor community pools, hotel pools and spas, indoor waterparks, as well as outdoor pools that remain open in warm-weather states, we must continue our efforts to remind everyone to pool safely whenever they are near the water."

The data compiled by the CPSC for this summer show that 54 of these drownings occurred soon after the children left an adult who was in their immediate vicinity, and 31 children drowned despite the presence of others at the pool.

With this in mind, we encourage our readers to review our pool safety posts for valuable information about how parents, caregivers and pool owners can take steps to prevent these tragic accidents.

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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