Posted on July 7th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
Many people assume a pool or lake area is safe if a lifeguard is “on-duty”, however, many drownings occur daily and often times in areas where lifeguards are on duty. Ten people die a day on average from accidental drowning and more than 1 in 5 involve children ages 14 or younger. A visual study done by CBS including the work of a safety consultant observed many lifeguards and found many paying close attention. However, they did observe some lifeguards texting and doing paperwork. In these instances, children would be more safe if a “No Lifeguard On Duty” sign where hung for parent awareness.
A drowning can happen in a few short seconds and there should always be qualified and observant adult supervising swimmers to avoid swimming pool accidents. Many minor injuries and serious injuries can occur even when a lifeguard is observant; therefore, turning ones back to the pool is never acceptable when the pool is occupied. In addition to a drowning, many slip and fall accidents can occur poolside and result in traumatic brain injuries in children. Spinal cord injuries can occur easily when swimmers dive into shallow areas or use the diving board improperly. Many needless tragedies can be avoided by constant vigilance by an adult supervisor.
Have you been the victim of a water accident? Have you lost a loved one due to a tragic drowning accident?
If so, you may have a personal injury claim if the facility or persons supervising were negligent. Calling The Cagle Law Firm soon after the accident is advantageous in order to fully investigate the situation. The attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm can evaluate your circumstances and determine if you have claims for medical compensation or wrongful death. Seeking a St. Louis attorney such as Zane Cagle in this time of difficulty may ease many of your concerns by examining legal aspects of the tragic situation.
Contact the Cagle Law today to speak with an experienced and dedicated St. Louis personal injury lawyer about filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim. To schedule a consultation to discuss your claim, please contact the firm today at (314) 276-1681