Our personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm stress that it is important to be alert when you have a child under your care that is near a swimming pool or other body of water. Even a short period of inattention can lead to the loss of a precious life. Given that drowning is one of the top causes for accidental deaths involving young children, it is necessary to be alert and watchful at all times.
KRDO.com recently reported the drowning death of a 4-year-old boy in a swimming pool in the backyard of a day care facility in Colorado. The incident spurred an investigation by the sheriff’s department.
The boy was supposedly playing with other children in the large, above-ground swimming pool. According to a spokesperson from the sheriff’s department, the day care provider heard the children screaming. She hurried to the pool as the other kids were pulling the boy from the pool.
Rescuers carried out CPR on the boy until he was taken to the hospital. Sadly, they were not able to save his life.
A Department of Human Services (HHS) record for the day care shows several
problems. Apparently, a Stage 2 investigation was carried out on the day
care in 2008.
The record reveals that the facility had an unsecured trampoline, fireplace facility and basement; permitted two school-age children to be at the day care when they were supposed to be in class, and cared for more infants than it was allowed to.
Another drowning took place in Maryland, where police are trying to determine how a 2-year-old boy fell into the swimming pool at his home.
According to detectives, the boy’s parents weren’t home at the time of the accident. It was the boy’s nanny who discovered the child’s body. The pool had only a partial fence surrounding it.
A neighbor hurried to the pool on hearing the boy’s nanny cry for help. He pulled the boy out of the pool. Another neighbor contacted 911.
Maryland police are still investigating whether any county laws were breached. These laws call for full enclosure of a pool that is over 1.5 feet deep, or even full enclosure of the entire property.
More recently, police are investigating what appears to be an accidental drowning at a hotel in Virginia. Reports say that the 8-year-old pool drowning victim was at the hotel with some people. One of them noticed him in the water, but it was too late. Interviews are still being conducted to determine more details.
Children are not the only ones that are susceptible to pool drownings.
In Houston, two men nearly drowned at diving school. The commercial diving
students were training in underwater construction methods when both were
found to be unconscious. It was not immediately known how long the men
were unconscious before other trainees realized they were in trouble.
In an amateur video shot soon after the accident, paramedics were seen
carrying out CPR on the two students.
The diving school had more than 40 years of experience training students. However, the school’s director of student services said that the incident was the first instance of a serious accident involving their students.
If you lost someone in your family to drowning due to somebody else’s neglect, a drowning accident attorney can secure you compensation.