10-Year-Old Student At London Elementary School Nearly Drowned In A Pool Party Accident At Antioch Water Park
ANTIOCH, CALIFORNIA (May 29, 2019) – An 11-Year-Old student from London Elementary School had to be airlifted from Antioch Water Park after nearly drowning.
Officials are saying that the boy was found unresponsive at the bottom of one of the pools located at the Antioch Water Park. The accident apparently took place in a “sports” pool that is around 4 feet deep.
Lifeguards at the Antioch Water Park pulled the young boy from the pool. Paramedics loaded the conscious boy into the helicopter that took him away.
Parents at London Elementary are saying that they are concerned about these sorts of trips due to the teacher to student ratio. An investigation into the near drowning remains ongoing at this point.
Preventing Drowning Accidents
According to the Centers For Disease Control, “From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.” Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children.
According to the CDC, “About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.” There are a number of steps that can be taken to help prevent drowning accidents:
- Learn CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is essential to keeping students safe. It can mean the difference between a person living or dying.
- Supervise: Never leave children alone by the pool. Floating devices are not a substitute for supervision.
- Teach Children to Swim: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teaching children to swim is one of the easiest ways to help keep them safe in pools.
A child can drown in even a few feet of water. It is not necessary that the water level is over a child’s head for them to drown. There aren’t always obvious signs that a child may be drowning, which is why supervision is so important. There are a number of ways that either a water park or a school could potentially be held liable if a student is injured.
Liability In Drowning Accidents
Water parks have a legal responsibility to keep their premises in a reasonably safe manner in order to keep guests safe. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” This includes taking measures to prevent drownings.
- Gate Guards: Gate guards help direct the flow of traffic around a pool. They can make sure children do not enter a pool without the supervision of an adult.
- Lifeguards Positioning: Lifeguards should be positioned at both ends of a pool. The ratio of life-guards to children also shouldn’t be too high.
- Alert Lifeguards: Accidents tend to increase when lifeguards are distracted. Cellphones should be prohibited among active lifeguards.
There are a number of potential health consequences associated with near drowning accidents. According to the NCBI, “Organs such as the brain, lungs and kidneys are mainly affected by drowning accidents. Treatment of pulmonary complications depend on the lung injury that was incurred during aspiration and also the bacteria that was aspirated . Some patients may develop adult respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS) and may even need ECMO to survive.” It’s important to seek medical treatment following a drowning accident.Symptoms of a brain injury may not be present until several months following the accident.
If a water park failed to properly monitor children and there was an accident, they could face civil liability. Any person that is injured in a water park accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. Damages in a civil claim may include money for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Getting Help After A Water Park Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the London Elementary School student that nearly drowned at the Antioch Water Park. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to help make this water park safer. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the conduct of the lifeguards leading up to this accident? Were they distracted? What was going on?
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a water park there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can investigate your claim free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.