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In Louisiana, Toddlers Face Doubled Rates for Accidental Drowning

Although accidental drowning rates for children have significantly decreased in recent decades, drowning is still the leading cause of death for American children between the ages of 1 and 4. In Louisiana, however, toddlers may face even greater risks: The child drowning rate here is more than double the national rate.

Every single child drowning death is a tragedy, and almost every accident can be prevented by teaching children to practice good safety habits around the water. At Anderson Boutwell Traylor, we hope that your children are able to stay safe in the water this summer. If a tragic accident does happen, however, our team of compassionate personal injury lawyers can ensure that the correct party is held responsible for your child’s drowning injuries.

A Troubling Trend for Louisiana’s Children

Between the years of 2014 and 2017, 2.5 children for every 100,000 suffered a drowning death. In Louisiana, that rate was doubled to 5.8 per 100,000, and the research shows that 53% of them died in swimming pools without barriers to entry. Most importantly, the majority of these deaths did not occur when children were just unsupervised at the pool: They occurred when parents were not expecting their children to be in the pool at all.

Parents already worry constantly about their children, and try to protect them from the risks of serious accidents. But the truth is that a backyard swimming pool is a far more dangerous place for toddlers than almost anywhere else, including the backseat of car – and it’s important that parents know about the risks.

Preventing Drowning Injuries

One of the best ways to protect children against drowning is by implementing a four-sided barrier around your family swimming pool. While 4-foot pool fences and barriers are mandated in Louisiana, the research has shown that a 6-foot tall fence is better at protecting children from drowning. It’s also recommended that you install cameras and alarms for additional security.

Next to installing a solid fence, the second best thing you can do is to give your child swimming lessons. Whether you teach them personally or hire a professional swimming instructor, this could make the difference between a frightening memory of the pool and a drowning death. Young children need to know the basics of water safety, because every second can count once they fall into a pool.

Committed to Fighting for Justice

If your child has suffered drowning injuries or passed away because of a negligent pool owner, you have the right to take legal action against that party. Our experienced legal team has been practicing for over 60 years, and we’re nothing if not committed to our clients’ needs. When your child has been involved in a drowning accident, we’ll pursue your claim with the powerful advocacy that you deserve.

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