Two young children were critically injured in separate Orange County swimming pool accidents.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a 20-month-old boy was found floating in his family’s backyard pool the evening of May 2, 2015.
The boy was pulled out by his father and
given CPR. He was transported to an area trauma center and later moved to CHOC where he remains in critical condition.
A second incident occurred about a half hour after the first one. This time, a 17-month-old Placentia girl was found floating in the backyard pool during a large family gathering. She was also taken to CHOC in critical condition. Both incidents are under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with these two young children and their families. We hope both these young children will make a full recovery.
OC Swimming Pool Accidents
According to Orange County Fire Authority, their personnel had responded to 66 drowning or near-drowning calls just up until October 2014. Of those, 28 resulted in fatalities.
There have also been a number of near-drowning incidents over the last year in Orange County. Near drowning can also result in serious consequences for victims such as permanent or irreversible brain damage.
The Importance of Drowning Prevention
These types of swimming pool accidents are especially tragic because they are entirely preventable. There are several steps parents and caregivers can and should take to prevent swimming pool accidents:
• Adult supervision is crucial. Always designate an adult to supervise the children in and around the pool area, particularly during parties or gatherings, when these mishaps tend to occur.
• Take children away from the pool area if you must use the restroom or take a phone call. Never be distracted by phone calls or conversations when you are watching the kids by the pool.
• Install and maintain proper fencing around the pool.
• Always lock the backyard gate or gate leading to the pool area. Use safety covers, door alarms and motion sensors for added layers of protection.
• Learn CPR and first-aid techniques.
• Teach your children to swim. Supervise even if you believe your children are good swimmers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident on someone else’s property or if your child has been injured while under someone else’s watch, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses and pain and suffering.
An experienced Orange County swimming pool accident lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.