Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer in Shreveport

Statistics You Should Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day about ten people die as a result of an unintentional drowning. Of these, two of the victims are children aged 14 or younger. From 2005 to 2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal drownings each year in the United States (non-boating related), and more than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency rooms required hospitalization or transfer for additional care. (Source: CDC)

What are common causes of swimming pool accidents?

The main factors that affect someone's drowning risk is:

  • Their ability to swim
  • Lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access
  • Lack of close supervision while swimming
  • Alcohol use
  • Seizure disorders

Our firm frequently sees drowning cases occur at locations such as:

  • Apartment pool
  • Water park
  • Hotel
  • Motel
  • Country club
  • Any other location where swimming is encouraged

Impact of Near-Drowning Accidents

Even in swimming pool accidents where the victim survived, a near-drowning accident can have devastating effects on the body. The majority of near-drownings fall into two categories:

  • First: involves damage to the lungs, heart, brain and nervous system
  • Second: involves problems brought on by lowered body temperature when the body was immersed in liquid for any length of time

Near drowning victims can experience hypoxia (lowered levels of oxygen), and ischemia (loss of blood flow to the extremities), which can lead to neurological problems and swelling of the brain. A major reason why drowning victims cannot be revived after rescue is because of neurological damage. While near-drowning victims may survive, a percentage of them will be left with long-term neurological problems.

Contact Morris, Dewett & Savoie, LLC

If someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident, or experienced a near-drowning or a drowning on someone else's property, you may be entitled to pursue compensation under Louisiana's premises liability laws. We urge you to take a moment to contact a Shreveport drowning accident attorney at Morris, Dewett & Savoie, LLC to discuss your case. Call our firm today.

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