Drowning Deaths


  • In a year’s time, more than 3,400 people die in the U.S. from drowning.
  • One in every five drowning victims is under the age of 14.
  • Four children require emergency medical treatment for every one that succumbs to drowning.
  • Near drowning accidents may leave children or adults with severe brain damage that forever alters their lives.
  • African American children have significantly higher rates of death from drowning than do white children.
  • Lack of supervision and lack of barriers are key causes of drowning among children.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

backyard-poolCalifornia’s beautiful beaches, lakes, rivers, and springs are a big part of our state’s appeal for both visitors and residents. In addition, the Golden State’s perfect weather for swimming means that swimming pools are a popular fixture in backyards statewide. In other words, our state is brimming with potential drowning hazards. For all age groups in the U.S., drowning ranks sixth among the leading causes of death from unintentional injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, on average, there are about 10 drownings per day. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between 1 and 14.

At Los Angeles City Law, our firm’s  drowning accident attorneys know that about one in every five drowning victims is a child under the age of 14. We have seen the anguish of families who must try to deal with such an unimaginable loss. Our swimming pool accident lawyers know that many drowning accidents could have been prevented. If you have lost a child in a drowning accident because someone was negligent, our firm is here to help you.

The lack of supervision is a key factor in drowning deaths of young children. Very young children – the 1-to-4 age group – are much more likely to drown in residential swimming pools. The CDC explains that it only takes a few minutes for a tragedy to occur. Most small children who lose their lives in pools are found to have been unobserved for fewer than five minutes.

Acknowledging that drowning led the causes of death of young children in California, state legislators enacted a law requiring property owners with swimming pools to ensure that safety features are in place to limit access. Pool owners who fail to maintain proper barriers or other safety features can be held liable for their negligence if a drowning or near drowning occurs. We will take steps to aggressively represent you and your child if a careless or negligent property owner is to blame for injury or loss of life.

child-cprFor every child who dies in a drowning accident, another four kids are treated in emergency rooms for near-drowning accidents. The National Institutes of Health explains that “near drowning means a person almost died from not being able to breathe (suffocating) under water.” Further, the NIH points out that “children can drown in only a few inches of water.” That emphasizes that bathtubs and other household receptacles can prove just as dangerous to unsupervised kids as swimming pools can.

Near-drowning accidents can leave children forever changed. Lack of oxygen can cause brain damage. In turn, such a severe injury can mean that your child could be left with learning disabilities, memory difficulty, or in the most serious cases, in a vegetative state that requires long term life-support. The expense associated with life-long care for the victim of a traumatic brain injury can be staggering.

Why choose Los Angeles City Law

Our firm is recognized throughout California for its ongoing support for safety on our area’s roads and in other situations. Safety for swimmers is just as important an initiative. Los Angeles City Law is a family firm at heart, we feel a connection with families, and we work hard to provide the aggressive representation families need when serious injuries or wrongful deaths shatter their lives. If a drowning or near drowning accident affects you or your child, call on the skills of our drowning accident attorneys at Los Angeles City Law. We offer you a free case evaluation, and if we can help, you’ll owe us nothing unless we win.

If someone you loved was injured or died due to a drowning, the personal injury lawyers at Los Angeles City Law Firm provide competent, aggressive legal representation that achieves the best possible results for our clients. Ours is a client-focused firm that embraces the highest ethical standards. If you, a friend or a family member has been injured in an accident, please contact our attorneys. We can answer any questions you may have and provide you with a free consultation regarding your case. If traveling to our office is a challenge, we can make arrangements to come to you. To schedule a FREE case consultation, please contact us toll free at (866) 999-6640 or click here to fill out our free consultation form.