Personal injury lawyers know that on average, more than 300 children are likely to die by accidental drowning each year. So, we were horrified to learn about the latest baby float recall. It involved an inflatable product marketed to parents of infants and 1-year old children. Apparently, the defective product had a history of accidentally deflating while in use. As such, the Asian company responsible for the defective item issued a nationwide recall notice in early July 2015.
Blessedly, no children drowned or were seriously injured by the poorly made, flotation device. However, that did not make the situation any less worrisome. The fact remains that accidental drowning caused by negligence continues to claim lives. As such, parents and adult guardians must continue to be vigilant when it comes to both supervision and awareness of water related, recall notices.
And when a child is injured or succumbs to accidental drowning, adults should take immediate action to bring the responsible parties to light. When the responsible parties are singled out, it may protect other families from suffering the same fate. Plus, taking action could provide the survivors or injured children with financial restitution.
Seeking financial restitution is important on many levels, the most important one being the healthcare cost of aquatic injuries. According to the Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention’s historical data, the annual, healthcare costs alone could easily exceed $70,000 per person. That’s not counting quality of life losses, pain and suffering and other expenses that may result from water-related mishaps.
To speak with a personal injury attorney about an accidental drowning case, please contact Lewis & Keller today. We can help families bring defective, personal flotation devices to light as well as pursue cases against other negligent parties. Just look at our long history of being North Carolina’s Advocates for Justice and list of industry awards. Help is available online, by phone or in-person.