Considering it is the middle of the winter season for North Americans, few residents are thinking about water safety at the moment. Come May and June, we will all see a rush of articles about remaining safe and secure in the pools, rivers, water parks, and other locations. But right now, it is all quiet on the Western front. This is unfortunate because every day there are still thousands of youngsters who are in and around the water throughout Texas. The risk of an accident still remains.
For example, not long ago there were reports of a near-drowning at a Trophy Club pool. The facts of the situation as they have been released thus far are similar to those seen in many child drowning accidents. Dallas News suggests that a two-year old child was near the water earlier this month when, for reasons that are still being sorted out, he ended up in the pool.
Police were called and emergency responders arrived after he was found unresponsive and not breathing. CPR was performed and the child was brought back to a semi-conscious state. As of right now the medical experts believe that the boy will survive, but it was noted that he was in “serious” condition. One can only hope that the child will make a full recovery and there will not be any long-term side effects.
Sadly, many children who are harmed in near-drowning accidents have physical damage that takes years to improve, and the harm is sometimes permanent. Oxygen deprivation is the hallmark of a drowning. And when a child’s brain is deprived oxygen for a certain length of time, damage may result that cannot be reversed. Even in cases where the child survives, that damage may permanently alter their lives and basic functioning.
Wherever There is Water, There is Risk
As this winter near-drowning in Texas reminds us, these accidents can strike at any time. The summer is not the only time for community members to be aware of the risks and to take action to ensure safety. The need is especially potent for owners and operators of spaces where swimming occurs indoors--like at hotels, motels, some apartment complexes, and water parks. These spaces often invite guests to partake year-round, and so there is obviously no excuse for lapses in safety protocols that risk the lives of simmers.
If you or someone you know may have been harmed in a drowning accident, please contact the Texas swimming accident lawyer at our firm to see what can be done to ensure fair compensation and full accountability.