Summer’s here! Nothing beats an afternoon splashing in the pool. Sadly though, every single day in the U.S., 33 people have a tragic ending to this activity; 11 die by drowning and another 22 experience a nonfatal drowning, which can lead to life-altering consequences . Here in South Florida, where water activities make up a significant portion of our leisure time, we are at an especially high risk. According to Florida Health, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate among children ages 0-9 in the US.
Pool injuries and drownings have a myriad of causes. Some of the most common ones are:
- Slip and fall accidents: If the pool deck is slippery or has debris on it, a child could injure themselves on it or slip into the pool and drown or injure themselves there.
- Inadequate supervision: If the pool does not have lifeguards, does not have enough lifeguards, or if the lifeguards are not enforcing the pool rules, someone could drown.
- Inadequate maintenance: If the pool lacks adequate maintenance, such as incorrect chemical levels or an improperly maintained diving board, a swimmer could injure themselves or develop an infection.
- Lack of anti-entrapment devices: A lack of anti-entrapment devices could cause drowning and severe bodily injury if a child’s limb or hair becomes entangled in it.
A non-fatal pool drowning can cause severe cognitive and cardiovascular defects that last a lifetime. Other catastrophic pool injuries can cause back, neck and spinal cord injuries, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, infections, and broken bones. Your child may need years of medical treatment and rehabilitation, robbing them of their childhood, and depending on the severity of the injuries, their future. Their long-term career prospects may be dimmed. Moreover, you may have lost wages due to taking your child to their medical appointments. On top of all of this is the psychological and emotional toll that these injuries will take on your family.
If your child was injured at a pool at an HOA, hotel, amusement park, or other facility, you may be able to recover damages for their injuries. Under Florida’s premises liability laws, if you are a patron of these facilities, the owner has a duty of care towards you. If the pool owner either knew about the hazardous condition that caused your injury or should have known about it and failed to fix it or warn you about it, they are liable for your child’s injuries.
If your child was seriously injured or drowned at a pool, contact Cutler Rader for a free consultation to discuss your case. We are not only attorneys, but moms and dads as well, and we will fight for your child to receive justice as hard as we would fight for our own.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowning Facts | Drowning Prevention | CDC. Accessed May 10, 2022.
Florida Health. Drowning Prevention | Florida Department of Health (floridahealth.gov). Accessed May 10, 2022.