Every parent is aware of the dangers of drowning, but dry drowning is a very serious life-threatening condition that is less well-known among caregivers. Although cases of dry drowning are rare, the condition is often fatal for younger children. Parents need to understand the signs and symptoms of dry drowning to keep their children safe throughout the summer months.
Dry Drowning Basics
Dry drowning occurs when someone inhales a large amount of water. Victims often report vomiting shortly after but recovering quickly. The next symptoms of dry drowning may not occur for hours or days after the original incident, so parents frequently fail to realize the choking incident is related to the next symptoms. A fever will set in that will be difficult to break. In addition, a person may have trouble breathing, sleepiness, chest pain, coughing or vomiting. The fever is usually caused by an infection and severe swelling in the lungs or large airways. The pneumonia-like condition leads to lowered oxygen levels and spiking heart rates. It’s important to seek medical care for your child whenever they have a fever that isn’t reduced with over-the-counter Tylenol.
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys
Our compassionate attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi understand how devastating deaths and injuries caused by dry drowning are for impacted families. When a child has passed, the New Jersey Wrongful Death Act and Survival Statute allows parents to receive financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, and other financial losses. Our lawyers understand that financial compensation is often crucial for devastated families who are trying to recover from such an emotionally devastating event. Call the law offices of Lombardi and Lombardi now at 732-564-7165 to discuss the details of your case.
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