Florida Accident Prevention: Can You Recognize the Signs of Drowning?

by Carmen Dellutri on July 7, 2011

Florida drowning accident attorneyThis summer, you will likely spend a lot of time near the water, whether at the beach, a public pool, or in your own backyard. In order to avoid a tragic Florida drowning accident, it is important to recognize the signs that someone may be in trouble.

This is particularly important because drowning victims are often physiologically unable to call out because the respiratory system is solely focused on breathing. In addition, a drowning person may not always be able to wave for help because his or her arms are preoccupied with keeping the body from sinking.

Here’s what else you need to know (courtesy of the Bellingham Herald):

  • When people drown, their mouths often go above the water and below alternately. They are not above water enough to gain enough air, but to a casual observer it may appear they are taking in oxygen.
  • Drowning occurs very quickly. A drowning person may only be able to struggle on the surface or above the surface of water for 20 to 60 seconds before their bodies submerge below the water
  • Other signs to look out for include: Head low in the water, mouth at water level or head tilted back with mouth open; eyes glassy, unfocused; no movement of legs; and hyperventilating and gasping.

You can learn more about how to prevent drowning and practice Florida pool safety here.

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 Florida drowning accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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