South Florida drowning accidents may require the skills of an experienced lawyer
With miles of sandy beaches, backyard pools, lakes and other swimming holes, South Florida is a playground for people who love to be in or on the water. In an instant, however, a joyous occasion can turn tragic. An accidental drowning in South Florida unfortunately is not uncommon. Sadly, children often are drowning victims. Between 1999 and 2003, Florida had the highest rate in the nation of accidental fatal drownings of toddlers (children between 1 and 4), according to the Florida Department of Health. There were three times more toddler drowning deaths in Florida compared to the rest of the nation. Overall, Florida had the third highest unintentional drowning death rate in the United States, according to the FDH.
If you lost a loved one due to accidental drowning, contact an experienced West Palm Beach lawyer at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. Your consultation is free and confidential. We can listen to you and discuss your options. There is no obligation. Call (800) 608-2965 today. Our bilingual, Spanish-speaking attorneys and staff are available to assist you 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Florida drowning statistics
Property owners with pools, or businesses such as motels or hotels that have pools, must ensure that the pool and surrounding areas are safely maintained. The Florida Department of Health reports that between 2002 and 2004 64 percent of drowning deaths of toddlers occurred in swimming pools, while 60 percent of drowning deaths of children 5 to 9 occurred in pools. Only 25 percent of drowning deaths of 10- to 14-year-old children occurred in pools. Other drowning deaths occurred in bathtubs, boating accidents, and other bodies of water like oceans, lakes, rivers, canals or ponds.
Any accidental drowning death should be thoroughly investigated. While the loss of a loved one is devastating, and no amount of money can bring your loved one back, you may need to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit not only to recover your financial losses, but to hold the responsible parties accountable.
A drowning death may occur at a hotel, an apartment complex, a theme park, a private home or a public swimming hole. Factors may have contributed to the death, such as an untrained lifeguard, improper fencing, slippery surfaces or toxic chemicals.
Our lawyers will thoroughly examine the circumstances of the drowning death to make sure the responsible individual or entity is held accountable.
The following are some common contributing factors in a swimming pool drowning death:
- Defective diving boards
- Hazardous pool drains
- Unsupervised children swimming in a pool
How an attorney can assist you after a drowning accident
If you lost a loved one in a drowning accident in West Palm Beach or elsewhere in South Florida, contact an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to compensation. Let our seasoned lawyers at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., fight for your legal rights. Call (800) 608-2965 now to see how we can help.