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Drowning Accident Attorney
Drowning accident lawsuits in the Miami area and all over South Florida have become fairly prevalent over the years. The state of Florida ranks among the nation’s highest for drowning fatalities for young children in swimming pools. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that drowning accidents are the second leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 to 14. Of the 4,000 people who die from drowning every year in the United States, approximately one-third are children under the age of 14, and almost 20 percent take place in a public pool with a trained lifeguard present.
There are numerous laws in relation to swimming pools and other public swimming facilities. If a swimming pool is not properly protected, a child or another innocent individual may suffer permanent injury or worse, suffer an unfortunate and unnecessary fatality. Many of the county laws in the state of Florida require that owners implement locking fences around pools to aid in preventing injuries or drowning if this compliance hasn’t been met by an owner, they may be legally responsible for any injury or loss that takes place.
Drownings Can Happen in a Blink of an Eye
Drownings or near-drownings in swimming pools are often caused by careless supervision, improper pool covers, unsafe drain covers, and negligent care. In many cases, the accident can be attributed to a lack of proper care and precautions from those who are responsible for the property or its pool. Drowning accident lawyers such as those at our firm should be consulted to determine whether legal actions should be taken to assign responsibility and seek a recovery after these tragic incidents.
How Often do Drownings Occur?
With so many swimming pools in homes, hotels, and parks, not to mention the aquatic nature of the South Florida lifestyle, children are frequently left in the water alone or unsupervised. In some cases, the accidents take place in yards where the pool has not been properly covered, blocked or fenced off.
Drownings and near drownings also take place at nursing homes and other elderly care facilities where the residents are too weak to hold their head above water in bathtubs or other aquatic facilities.
Facility owners and operators are responsible if the drowning or injury was the result of negligent property conditions. Slip-proofing should be installed around a pool to prevent slip and fall injuries, and all applicable safety equipment should be available at the ready. Additionally, warning signs should be posted to prevent injuries in any aquatic facility as improper diving depths and slippery surfaces can lead to injuries for patrons of any age.
The Aftermath of a Near Drowning Case
A significant percentage of near-drowning cases result in brain damage, which can occur after mere minutes of being underwater and can leave the victim mentally incapacitated for the remainder of their life. These unfortunate circumstances are almost always accompanied by significant costs for rehabilitation and specialized care that they require. Lifelong care for brain trauma victims runs into the millions of dollars.
Our Miami drowning accident lawyers are available for free and confidential consultations for anyone who has been affected by a drowning or near-drowning incident that may have been caused due to the negligence or acts of another individual or entity.