Swimming Pool Accident Drownings
Florida swimming pool drowning, pool accident lawyer
Water. Kids love it. Kids are attracted to it. It can be fun. It can be dangerous. More kids under age 5 drown in Florida than any other state. More than half of those kids drown in a swimming pool at someone's house.
What can be done to prevent swimming pool drownings?
Someone should always be watching the kids. A fence or other barrier should prevent a child from entering the pool. Child proof locks should be on doors. Know CPR. There is a small window of opportunity where the child can still be resuscitated.
Who can be sued to recover for swimming pool drowning or other injuries?
The homeowner. For pools built after October 1, 2000, pool safety measures must be in place. Generally, one or more of the following is required: A fence around the pool, an approved pool cover or alarms on windows and doors by the pool. If the homeowner did not take the precautions, that may be grounds for liability if the pool was built after October 1, 2000. Also, there may be a negligence claim for lack of proper supervision, maintenance, or security.
The person in charge of supervision of the swimmers, manufacturer of a diving board, manufacturer of a pool drain, condo association, lifeguards and the company that hired the lifeguards can all be potential defendants in a swimming pool drowning or accident case.
What kind of injuries can be sustained from a swimming pool accident?
Loss of oxygen to the brain can cause permanent brain damage.
Spinal injuries from diving boards installed in pools to shallow for diving or a defect in the diving board or the maintenance of the diving board.
Death, particularly of children.
Swimming pool drowning statistics
Healthcare costs for each near drowning event range from $75,000 for emergency room services to $180,000 per year for long term care.
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under. (Orange County California Fire Authority)
An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to near-drownings each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability. (Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention)
This is not a pretty subject to talk about. I have two kids of my own that I adore. But if you need a Florida lawyer for a swimming pool drowning case, call me.
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Grey is an swimming pool drowning lawyer based out of West Palm Beach, Florida.