The end of August in South Miami-Dade is a time when the heat of the summer draws people into the water, whether that is the ocean, rivers, canals, lakes, water parks, or backyard pools. Many times, family and friends will use this time as a reason to get together and enjoy water activities, games, food, and conversation before school resumes.. It would seem like it is impossible for a child to drown while surrounded by so many people. Tragically, this is what happened to a two-year old toddler several weeks ago.
If you have been injured in a near-drowning accident or a loved one has been killed, it is important to contact the skilled Miami drowning accident attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano as soon as possible. The investigation into a drowning accident should happen as close to the time of the tragedy as possible because the location and surrounding environment may be altered. Our attorneys are here to get you the compensation and justice that you deserve.
According to 7 News, the death of a little girl occurred with people surrounding her. There were some on the pool and others playing volleyball. This is a terrible reminder of how quickly a child can drown. Situations like this also are why Florida is ranked number one out of the fifty states in child drownings for children ages one to four years of age.
A drowning victim may lose consciousness in under a minute. Irreparable brain damage can occur shortly thereafter, even if the victim is pulled from the water and resuscitated. These victims likely will spend the remainder of their lives requiring medical treatment, special accommodations, and adaptive technologies.
Recognizing the signs of drowning in a victim may be much more difficult than most people think. Many people assume that a person who has gotten into trouble in the water will thrash around violently, making noise trying to attract attention. The reality is that drowning victims often have taken in a significant amount of water during the initial submersion, making it nearly impossible to draw enough breath to scream or yell for help. In addition, there is an automatic physiological reaction to the threat of drowning, similar to the fight or flight response in its hard-wired nature. This reaction is known as Instinctive Drowning Response (IDR) and makes it extremely important for those responsible for the safety of swimmers to pay very close attention to the water and those in it.
The fact that it may not be obvious when a person in the water is in distress does not excuse someone who was supposed to be responsible for watching the swimmers. At least one responsible adult should always be tasked with watching everyone in the water from a vantage point that It does make it a little easier to understand why hundreds of people die in drowning accidents each year in Florida.
If you have suffered harm as the result of a near-drowning accident in a pool, or a loved one has drowned, the Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to dedicate themselves to your case in order to get you the results that you need.
Our attorneys have more than three decades of experience in representing accident victims throughout South Florida. We believe that compassionate representation is crucial to successful advocacy and will work with you to decide upon the appropriate legal strategy for your case. We also believe in relying on experts in investigation and financial analysis in order to present the strongest argument possible to the jury. Please contact us through our website or call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to set up your free consultation. Greenberg Stone and Urbano has been voted one of “South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers” by the Miami Herald.