Articles Posted in Swimming Pool & Aquatic Injuries

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by David A. Wolf, Attorney – Child Injury Lawyer Blog
Amusement Park.001In Kansas and throughout the United States, adults, children, and families visit theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks. For most guests and visitors, the days and nights are filled with fun, adventure, laughter, and good times. Unfortunate for some children and adults, the theme park, amusement park, or water park is the site of a catastrophic personal injury or death.  When a business operates or manages a recreation areas, there is a duty to keep the grounds, rides, and attractions in good repair and to have attentive ride operators, supervisors, and lifeguards in place for the safety and protection of the guests and visitors especially children.  Theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks invite and market to families and children. As such, all safety measures should be set up for the protection of the smaller and younger guest in the form of children.   Like other types of personal injury cases or claims there are four essential elements to pursue a civil case or claim on behalf of the injury victim as follows:
  1. Duty;
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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 and Samantha Vloedman, Law Clerk

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Blog

Building Blocks LIn Illinois and other States, parents rely upon day care centers to provide a safe, nurturing environment for their children during the busy work day. For most children on most days, a day care center provides proper supervision to keep the children safe and out of danger. Unfortunately, there are days (far too many days) when a child is injured while under the so called watch of a day care center.

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By  David Wolf, Attorney

sports_1000009537-120613intIn the summer and other times of the year, there is always a risk of drowning to toddlers, children, teenagers, and yes adults.  Putting safety measures in place is not just for special events and public pools.  Safety should be a priority any time that a person (of any age) is on, in, or near the water whether it is a swimming pool, water park, wading pool, lake, river, canal, or ocean.   Even a lazy river winding itself around the confines of a luxury resort can be the site of a horrible yet preventable drowning or near drowning incident. Most drowning or near drowning incidents can be prevented with the proper planning and the proper supervision of the swim area.   Let’s talk a bit about supervision.  Here is an equation to consider:
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Swimming Safety – Importance of Touch Supervision

By  David Wolf, Attorney

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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

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

swimming%20pool%20water%20tiled%20bottom%20of%20pool.jpgDrowning is a problem that continues to be a tragedy in many communities during the summer, spring, and other times of the year. Some drownings are unpredictable and unpreventable even with good supervision. For instance, if a person has a seizure or heart problems out of the blue and then drowns, this may not be preventable especially with no prior history of seizures or heart problems. However, most other drowning incidents are preventable with proper safety precautions, supervision, and training in place. This is especially important when there are children in or near a swimming pool around some other aquatic activity. Tragically, drowning is the leading cause of death for hildren between the ages of 1 through 4 years of age. See Drowning Leading Cause of Death in Children Ages 1 – 4.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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swimming%20pool%20tiled%20bottom.jpgSummer is filled with adventures, vacations, swimming, and boating activities. It is a great time to spend with family and friends and to be active in the great weather. With great fun and adventure, there should also be the concepts of safety and supervision in mind especially when there are children participating in these activities. It should be noted that drowning is still a major casuse of death in children. While rates have been declining in recent years, drowning is still listed as the second leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 to 18. Drowning deaths are limited to large bodies of water like oceans, rivers, and lakes. A child can also drown in a swimming pool, wading pool, portable pool, and even a bucket of water. As such, it is important for child care providers and parents to provide consistent supervision when children are in or near swimming, boating, and any place else there is a risk for drowning or personal injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides the following as tips for child safety and drowning prevention:

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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swimming%20pool%20bottom%20squares%20day%20time.jpgDuring summer months as well as other times of the year, children enrolled in schools, day camps, day care centers and summer camps often visit community pools, water parks, and other swimming areas. Some schools, summer camps, and day care centers even have their own swimming pools. While water, swimming, and aquatic activities can be a great source of fun for children, they can also present significant risk to a child. Of course, the drowning death of a child is a catastrophic and tragic event that certainly warrants at the pursuit of a legal case or claim and involves or should involve significant compensation. As a child injury attorney, I am often asked the following question:

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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swimming%20boating%20dock%20lake%20summer%20camp.jpgWhat are the dangers or risks of injuries and drownings in lakes rivers and ponds? Summer time is filled with picnics, vacations, and swimming in most parts of the United States. On any typical weekend, including holiday weekends over the summer, children enjoy swimming, boating, and aquatic related activities. In most cases, a day filled with fun. Unfortunately, some children are the unfortunate victims of serious personal injuries and drowning incidents during outings to lakes, rivers, and ponds. There are many risks and dangers associated with swimming and aquatic related injuries.