Texas City — Boy with Autism Dies in Drowning Accident at Veranda Apartments Pool
Posted on Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 8:32 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 8:05 pm
At around 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019, a young boy was killed in a drowning accident that occurred in Texas City, Texas.
According to initial reports, the accident occurred at Veranda Apartments, located at 9th Avenue North. The boy, who is reported to have autism, was reported missing from his apartment for five minutes. Police were dispatched and searched the area for the child. During the search, they found the boy facedown in the complex pool, and after he was pulled out, CPR was immediately performed. The child was eventually airlifted to UTMB where he, unfortunately, was pronounced dead.
An investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the young boy. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Drowning accidents like this are relatively common, not just in the United States but also all over the world. According to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a major public health problem all over the world. They reported that about 360,000 people died from drowning in 2015.
Even just in the U.S. alone, the statistics for drowning fatalities are alarming. From 2005-2014, it was reported that there was an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the country. That is about ten deaths every day. Additionally, about 332 people died every year from drowning in a boating-related accident, and about 1 in 5 people who die from drowning in the U.S. are children 14 years old and younger. And for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
Moreover, statistics have shown that nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male while children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates. The fatal unintentional drowning rate for African Americans was also significantly higher than that of Caucasians between 1999-2010.
Drowning accidents are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in accidents like this, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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