Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 15, killing three children every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In addition to the more than 4,000 drowning deaths that occur annually, more than half of those treated for drowning in an emergency room require further care and may suffer serious, long-lasting consequences.
During a drowning or near-drowning accident, victims may suffer from extended loss of oxygen to the brain, which can cause impaired memory, long-term mental disability, loss of cognitive functions, and even traumatic brain injury.
As Floridians, we’ve all seen or heard stories of children falling into pools or nearly drowning due to negligent behaviors by pool patrons, community managers, or property owners. Some of the most common behaviors that led to drowning accidents include:
- Improperly trained safety staff/lifeguards
- Failure to post safety hazard warnings around pools
- Negligent pool management (e.g., removal of hazards, installing drain covers, proper maintenance, etc.)
- Lax or nonexistent barriers to entry, such as locking gates or pool fences
At Gold & Gold, we’ve seen how a fun day at the pool can turn tragic, and we’ve fought to hold the negligent parties accountable.
If you have lost a loved one in a drowning accident or suffered an injury in a near-drowning accident, our lawyers will give you an honest assessment of your situation and work with you to ensure your needs are met throughout your claim.
Contact our experienced attorneys at Gold & Gold today and let us help you fight for what you deserve.