Little Girl Dies in Drowning Accident in San Antonio
According to a San Antonio Express-News report, a little on the Southwest side drowned in an above-ground pool at a family gathering yesterday.
Police reported that the incident occurred at around 8 p.m. yesterday when a family called the police to report that their child was missing. When police arrived, they found the little girl face down in an above-ground swimming pool, which the family reported had the ladder removed to prevent access. First responders performed life-saving measures and transported the girl to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. No charges were filed, and police are investigating the issue.
Did You Know?
There were an average of 389 accidental child drowning deaths a year between 2017 and 2019, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Child Drowning Accidents in Texas
Summer is a time of fun and relaxation for most families in San Antonio and across Texas, but summer fun can turn to tragedy if proper precautions are not taken around children near water. Children can drown in apartment pools, summer camps, spa pools/hot tubs, and at the beach due to the negligent actions of property owners, lifeguards, or child supervisors.
Lifeguards can be seen as negligent if a child drowns on their watch unnoticed because of an overcrowded pool or if they are lax in their duties. A seemingly minor distraction can lead to tragedy when a lifeguard neglects their duty at a water park, hotel pool, or other public swimming environment.
Property Owner Liability
Property owners can be seen as legally negligent if they create an environment that is dangerous and enticing to children without maintaining the proper safety equipment. Additionally, pools must meet certain safety standards to have equipment that cannot entrap and harm children, and if they don’t, they could be held responsible for a drowning accident caused by these defects.
Summer Camp Drowning
Summer camps that offer water activities must take extra precautions to keep children safe, and most do. However, there are still drowning accidents that occur at summer camps, and unfortunately, the most common reason for this is negligence. Children’s swimming abilities should be confirmed by the staff, and staff must be properly trained to supervise and rescue children from the water in case of an accident. This is not always the case, and hundreds of children lose their lives as a result.
Injuries from Drowning Accidents
If a child survives a drowning accident, the resulting injuries, both emotional and physical, can have a traumatic impact that affects them for the rest of their lives, such as:
- TBI from lack of oxygen,
- Spinal Cord Injury from defective diving boards or slip and fall accidents,
- Chemical Burns and irritations from excessive cleaning chemical use,
- And Electrocution from improper wiring or installation errors.
The law surrounding child drowning injuries can be complicated. Hiring a swimming pool/drowning accident attorney in San Antonio can greatly increase your chances of compensation for your child’s injury.
Swimming Pool/Drowning Accident Attorney in San Antonio
If your child was injured or killed in a drowning accident in San Antonio or the surrounding area, contact the Carabin Shaw drowning accident attorneys today. We have thirty years of experience representing the personal injury and wrongful death claims of the injured and bereaved in San Antonio and across Texas. Contact attorneys who care at 800-862-1260 today, or fill out this form to get your free case evaluation. We look forward to serving you.