05. COSTS OF DROWNING

The NCIPC's WISQARS was accessed to provide the estimated costs of unintentional injury by drowning fatalities in the United States (i.e., all causes and races, ages before 65, and both sexes) for the year 2005 (Figure 4.) (17). Only the medical costs and the monetary loss of employment were factored in the estimates, as the other costs attributable to the loss of life are more variable and difficult to estimate. The total estimated was more than three and one-quarter billion dollars for medical and work loss costs for 3,582 deaths. Each death by drowning cost an estimated nine hundred and eight thousand dollars in 2005, and it is approximately a million dollars in today's economy recovering from the Great Recession of 2008.

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Figure 4. U.S. Estimated Costs of Unintentional Drowning Deaths (17)