Be Cautious When Shopping for Outdoor Water Toys and Pool Floats

swimming pool accident lawyer Long IslandHere are some safety tips for shopping for outdoor water toys and pool floats this summer:

Research an outdoor water toy before purchasing it.

It is important to always check Consumer Reports or recall announcements before purchasing a toy for your pool. In addition, do not purchase used pool toys, because they may not function properly. Furthermore, used outdoor toys such as water guns or pool floats may not be held to the same safety standards as new items. … Read the rest

Accidents Involving Children at Swimming Pools Can Be Tragic

swimming pool accident lawyerAfter a long winter, the summer is upon us and it seems like a great time to head out to the pool. Unfortunately, this can be more dangerous than you think. So many swimming pool injuries occur through this season every year, which is why having legal representation from Levine & Slavit is so crucial. We have helped parents throughout the Long Island and Manhattan area deal with various legal matters that relate to children’s safety and the well-being of minors, because we feel that the rights of the young need to be taken very seriously.

The Summertime Can Be

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The American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Guidance on Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

Summer season unfortunately always comes with reports of drowning accidents in pools and at the beach. This season is starting no differently as this past week marked a bad beginning to the beach season in Long Beach, New York. Two young men drowned on Wednesday in the rip-tided infested surf. Also on Wednesday, a man sitting on a lounge chair on the beach was run over by a Long Beach Police sports utility vehicle that reportedly was responding to an ocean-swimmer in distress. Its operator stated that he did not see the man before he hit him and injured his … Read the rest

New Federal and State Laws Attempt to Reduce Swimming Pool Drownings

Summer always seems to fill newspapers and news reports with heart wrenching stories of young children drowning in their family’s or a neighbors swimming pool. On Long Island through July 14 of this year there have been six residential swimming pool drownings, including three children younger than 4. Accidental drownings in swimming pools and spas are most commonly caused by falling into an unsupervised pool or by the child being entrapped by a drain/suction outlet.

Both New York State and the federal government have recently passed important swimming pool and spa safety laws, violations of which can be used to … Read the rest

Tragic Drowning of 3-year old Spurs Legislation to Require Alarms on All Pools

Every year, about 260 children under the age of five die from drowning in swimming pools. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14, with motor vehicle accidents being the first. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that most children who drown are found after about 10 minutes of being submerged. Children usually lose consciousness after being under water for only two minutes and irreversible damage to the brain often occurs after approximately four to six minutes of being under water. There are currently no national laws governing the safety of pools.

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