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Swimming-and-Drowing-Risks-300x244During the summer months, swimming is a wonderful activity for children.  It can also be a dangerous one. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is listed as the top cause of death for children ages one to four years old.  For older children ranging in age from five to nineteen years old, drowning is listed as the third leading cause of death.

There are several precautions a parent can take to protect their children from drowning. Children near open bodies of water, like lakes or beaches, should wear life vests. However, of the almost one thousand child drownings each year, the majority of these occur in home backyard pools. First, there should always be a supervising adult near swimming children. Many parents and homeowners decide it is best to construct a fence around their pool in order to physically separate young children from the water, and studies show that “four-sided fencing with a locking gate… prevents more than half of swimming pool deaths in children.” The CDC recommends a fence at least four feet high. In the event of a child falling into a pool or other body of water, parents should take care to learn CPR.

One preventative measure which has garnered a bit of attention in the last few years is youth swimming lessons—starting as young as a year old. The reason for this early start is twofold—first, infants can drown in bodies of water much smaller than a swimming pool, like a bathtub or even a bucket of water, and, second, the lessons prepare young children in case they accidentally fall into a swimming pool. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says almost seventy percent of drowning victims under the age of five were not expected to be in the water. For this reason, youth swimming lessons are focused on familiarization with water, being able to breach the surface and tread water or looking for floatation devices. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swim lessons for children between the years of one and four, and the USA Swimming Foundation reports that lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by almost ninety percent. Parents should make sure that, when enrolling their children in a swimming course, the teachers are properly trained and that there are lifeguards on duty.

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book-abcIn communities throughout the United States, trampoline park businesses are springing up.  What seems like a safe, indoor activity can actually be quite a hazard to young children.  What makes things worse is that many of these businesses require a release to be signed by parents and guardians for children.  Some of the releases are valid; some are not. It depends on the language of the release, circumstances of the incident, and the laws of the state where the trampoline park is located.

In 2017, almost 18,000 people went to the emergency room due to injuries obtained at a trampoline park. The bulk of these injuries are explained by one thing—an unsafe transfer of energy. All the trampolines are connected, so the energy created from bouncing transfers through all the trampolines. When a child bounces, they can be launched higher than anticipated and land back on a surface which could be at a different height than anticipated. This transfer of energy can result in nearly 1,000 pounds of pressure, which can break any bone in a person’s body. There have been at least 6 deaths at trampoline parks since 2012.

Trampoline parks in the United States currently have no federal oversight, so every park is unique. While the majority of the businesses have patrons sign a release waiver, they can be different from park to park. These waivers typically address risks that are inherent to trampoline activities, like a sprained ankle. However, some parks do not even require a waiver. However, just signing a waiver does not always effectively preclude a parent from filing a lawsuit on behalf of the injured child for the personal injuries.  In the State of Florida, there exceptions for waivers signed by minors. For minors, those documents may be limited to non-commercial situations, such as charity or school events. Because trampoline parks are for-profit businesses, the waivers provided by them may not be enforceable.  If you or your child are injured at a trampoline park, contact an injury attorney for consultation or representation.

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By David A. Wolf, Attorney – Child Injury Lawyer Blog
Trampoline Park and Bounce House Personal Injuries.001Over the past few years, there has been a growth in the number and presence of trampoline parks and indoor bounce house locations and facilities.  While these recreation, sports, amusement park, and theme park attractions can be great ways to have fun and exercise, they are also the locations of unfortunate and preventable injuries to children.  There are risks with any forms of physical activity and sports.  There are also safety measures and rules that should be followed to reduce these risks. If children, parents, and facility supervisors follow and enforce the rules and safety measures, many personal injuries can be prevented.
When a child is a guest or visitor to a trampoline park or bounce house, there is a duty on the part of the trampoline park / bounce house operator and owner to provide a reasonably safe play environment for the children.  The duty is one of the four elements necessary to prove up a case for personal injuries on behalf of the injured child.  The four elements are as the following:
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By David A. Wolf, Attorney

Child Injury Lawyer Blog
Legal Rights - Drowning Case.001Summer time is filled with lots of fun and activities including visits to swimming pools and field trips.  During the summer, there is nothing more fun for children at times than splashing around and swimming with friends. However, it should always be kept top of mind for day care center providers, child care providers, summer camp counselors, water safety personnel, and lifeguards that swimming pools and aquatic areas can be extremely dangerous for children.  Whenever there is a field trip by a summer camp or day care center to a water park, aquatic area, swimming pool, theme park, or amusement park, it is vital that supervision be in place at ALL TIMES.  That statement should be repeated and emphasized – SUPERVISION SHOULD BE IN PLACE AT ALL TIMES.  It should also be noted that supervision is not the mere presence of a counselor, teacher, or care provider.  It also means being attentive to the location, whereabout, needs, abilities, risks, and dangers of each child.   Mobile phones are great devices; however, they also can be toys that lead to serious personal injuries and drowning incidents for children.  Just one text me, e-mail, or so called funny video can some times spell the difference between life and death for a child who ends up drowning at a swimming or aquatic area while on a visit or a field trip.
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By  David Wolf, Attorney
Kids Number Block As Symbol For Numeracy Or CountingParents rely upon day care to provide for the parent the child during working hours. For most childre in day care, the experience is a positive one filled with education, activities, and socialization.  For some children, however, a day care center is the site of a serious personal injury and even a tragedy in the form of a death.  Most child care providers are well-trained, caring individuals who put in a hard day of work to properly supervise children. At times, a day care center is a location where a child takes his or her last breath. Imagine the shock of a parent who drops off a child in the morning at a day care center only to learn that the child died at the day care center later that day.
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By David Wolf, Attorney

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summer%20camp%20backpack%20green.jpgSummer camp is usually a wonderful time and adventure for children. At times, however, a summer camp can be the site and later memory of a serious personal injury sustained by a child. As a Child Injury Lawyer, I am often asked if a summer camp, school, or day care center is liable or responsible for the bills and damages when a child fractures or breaks a bone. Like many broad questions, the answer is “it depends”. A summer camp may be liable or responsible for compensation to the injured child if the parent, by and through the attorney, can prove the following elements:

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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swimming%20pool%20drowning%20safety.jpgEvery year, millions of children attend some form of summer camp. Some camps are local while others are overnight or sleep away camps. According to the American Camp Association (ACA), it is estimated that there are over 10 million children who attend one of 120,000 camps nationwide.

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By Ryan E. Alekman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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day%20cares%2C%20building%20blocks%20.jpgLinda Favazza, a day care center owner in Methuen, Massachusetts faced criminal charges due to the death of a child and having an unlicensed facility.

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By J. Rock Palermo, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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day%20cares%2C%20building%20blocks%20.jpgShreveport Child Care Center, located in Louisiana, was warned for several safety violations, and as a result, received a license revocation notice from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

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By Kevin Leach, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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day%20cares%2C%20building%20blocks%20.jpgWeare Day Care Center, located in New Hampshire, is being investigated after reports of the owner belittling the children, using physical force against them, and swearing in front of them. Prior to this investigation, Country Kids Childcare was shut down following a visit from New Hampshire government inspectors. The State of New Hampshire was investigating a complaint that children were being mistreated, while also conducting a routine licensing renewal.