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As spring transitions to summer during the coming month, more people in Orlando and Winter Park will be enjoying swimming pools in their backyards, private clubs or public parks. Unfortunately, we are also entering a period when a high number of serious and fatal swimming pool accidents can occur.
Last September, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign reported that at least 174 children ages 14 and younger died from drowning in spas or swimming pools between Memorial Day and Labor Day, including 112 victims under the age of 5.
Ten children ages 15 or younger drowned in Florida, which had the sixth highest total in the country.
The heartbreaking reality is that most spa and swimming pool accidents are entirely preventable. This is why we urge parents and caregivers to be careful at the pool this summer and take special precautions to help save and protect innocent lives.
The majority of public swimming pools have posted signs that warn visitors and guests about the facility’s rules and the safety precautions that must be followed.
Even in areas where no signs are posted, parents and caregivers can take action to minimize the risk of drowning by following these swimming pool safety tips:
Any time an individual sustains an injury, experiences a near-drowning or becomes the victim of a drowning accident at a pool or spa, legal action should be taken.
In many instances, these types of injuries and deaths could have been prevented if reasonable precautions were taken by the private or public property owner. If negligence played a role in causing the injury or death, the at-fault individual must be held accountable.
Contact an Orlando accident attorney who will be able to review the facts surrounding the injury, identify who can be held liable and advise you on whether you may be eligible to seek damages.