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There are approximately 3,000 drowning deaths in the United States each year, and most of those victims are children. Many more suffer serious, often irreversible injuries in near-drowning accidents.
Drowning is the leading cause of all accidental deaths among small children (1-4 years) and the second leading cause of death among children aged 1-14, second only to motor vehicle accidents. In non-fatal drownings, brain damage generally results after four minutes of submersion, and an estimated 20% of victims suffer severe, permanent neurological disability.
Common Locations for Drowning Accidents
Drownings can take place in a number of places, including:
- Public and private swimming pools
- Hotel pools and hot tubs
- Oceans, lakes, ponds, and streams
Swimming pool injuries and drownings are usually the result of some form of negligence. Each specific water-related injury case must be analyzed by an experienced attorney to determine the victim or survivors’ rights to compensation. The lawyers and staff at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter in Orlando, Florida have the financial resources and experience to help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries or loss in any water-related accident.
Liability for Drowning Accidents
There are many laws related to swimming pools and other public swim facilities. If a swimming pool is not carefully protected, a child or some other innocent person may drown or suffer permanent injury. In many counties in Florida, the law requires that owners install a locked fence around a pool to prevent injuries and drownings. So, if a pool owner has failed to install a fence, he/she may be legally responsible for your injury or loss.
Pool owners are also often responsible if the drowning or injury was the result of negligent property conditions. Slip-proof surfaces should be installed around a pool to prevent slip and fall injuries, and safety equipment should be available. If a pool does not have sufficient diving depth, a pool owner must provide proper warning signs to prevent diving injuries. Diving injuries often cause neck injuries and paralysis.
If a lifeguard is assigned to a pool but his/her negligence resulted in a drowning or serious injury, then the owner of the pool or the hotel where the pool is located, may be held responsible.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while in a swimming pool or some other water facility in Orlando or anywhere in Florida, please call (855) 880-4741 or contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter online to schedule your free initial consultation.