Tragedy was avoided by the quick-thinking and quick actions of a police officer in a near-drowning accident in New York earlier this month. A 4-year-old toddler was enjoying a respite from the summer heat in a backyard pool with his mother when they became distressed. The mother of the victim was shocked into inaction but a passing police officer came to the rescue. The man plunged into the pool and dragged the toddler to safety, providing first aid and saving the young girl’s life.
Backyard pools are one of the most dangerous pieces of recreational equipment for young children. Every year hundreds of individuals escape near-drowning accidents just seconds from tragedy. Sadly, dozens more don’t survive. But why are these backyard oases so dangerous? Because unlike publically accessible pools and those owned by commercial properties (such as those inside hotels and private pool clubs), they’re often not properly secured or monitored.
Safety experts strongly recommend that every pool—even backyard inflatables—be secured with child-proof fences, alarms, and other devices to keep young children and others away from these hazards when they’re not being supervised. Also, safety and rescue equipment must be available and nearby. Pool owners must take such actions as pools are attractive for curious, innocent and unknowing infants and youngsters and as such, owners can be held legally responsible and financially liable for any injuries a victim or their surviving family members may sustain in the event of a drowning or near-drowning accident.
While this particular near-drowning accident in New York ended without tragedy, the same cannot be said of one such accident earlier this summer which claimed the lives of an entire family.
Pools are dangerous. If you or a loved one was injured because a pool owner did not have the necessary lifesaving equipment or was left open without supervision or monitors, contact an experienced pool accident attorney in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for a free consultation today.