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Drowning: What It Looks Like

Accidental Death & Injuries The Can Be Suffered During Summer Months

Now that the warm weather is upon us, many will spend hours in the backyard pool or the beach.

When people drown in the movies, there's a lot of splashing, arms reaching into the air, and screaming for help. The problem with that is that's not what a real drowning person looks like.

It has been estimated that drowning accidents are the fourth leading cause of accidental death in the United States and the second leading cause for children under the age of 15. While many of these unfortunate incidents are accidents, some are due to the negligence of another individual.

A water safety expert stated, "When you drown, you can't hold your hands up and yell for help." Instead, your instincts will put you under the water.

The following is what you should watch for:

  • The victim tilts his head back in an attempt to keep above water.
  • It looks like he is trying to roll over onto his back.
  • The victim attempts to stay above water so he can breathe.
  • He fails and begins to drown. This is why the victim cannot call for help - he can't yell if he can't breathe.
  • The fact that the person is vertical, yet over his head, suggests he's not swimming - he's in distress. If he were swimming, he would be horizontal.
  • The instinctive drowning response causes the victim to get to land - that's why his body will be facing the shore.
  • Instead of making swimming and kicking motions, a drowning person moves his legs as if he were trying to climb steps.

Something to remember - Children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

Accidents and injuries that take place in the water can be catastrophic, as the likelihood of brain damage due to lack of oxygen is so severe. Drowning accidents at pools, lakes and rivers are more common that you would expect, and the devastation to the family is unimaginable.

Any such tragedy is bound to be frightening and overwhelming. Whether you or a loved one have been injured in a pool or the ocean, it is absolutely imperative that you contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney in order to secure the best possible settlement.

At the Law Offices of Peach & Weathers, we have a strong understanding of how a drowning tragedy can impact you and your family. If you have lost a child or another loved one, it is crucial that you have a skilled attorney to handle the legal aspects of your case.

We focus on helping people who have been injured and the families of people who have been killed because of someone else's negligence. Injured people should talk with an attorney to learn about their rights. We have helped many injured people obtain payment for their injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering. To speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn more about our track record, contact our San Bernardino law firm. Call 909.889.0471, toll free 888.899.4380 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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