Prevention, Causes and Liability of Children Drowning in Florida

Kids Jumping in a PoolSadly, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death to children between the ages of 1 and 14. And because we live in a region of coastal beaches and wetlands, it is not unlikely that a child may fall victim to a drowning accident in Florida. This is especially true because the warm climate here allows for year-round aquatic activities.

A Drowning Accident in Florida Can Occur:

  • in a swimming pool;
  • inside the home (in a sink, bathtub or other water container);
  • at a hotel or resort;
  • on a cruise ship; and
  • in the ocean, a lake or a canal.

Drowning accidents are the number one cause of death for children ages 5 and younger in Florida. Toddlers between the ages of 1 and 3 have the highest death rate for non-boat related drowning accidents.

Preventing a Drowning Accident

The best way to prevent a child drowning accident is to educate children on water safety. Community programs, school programs, and families can provide such vital education. Preventative programs should focus on adult supervision and “swimming with a buddy.” Furthermore, parents should be made aware of the dangers associated with any body of water.

If your home has a pool, the pool must be surrounded by some form of protective fencing. A safe pool barrier should be un-climbable, self-closing, self-locking and stand at least 5 feet high. You should also learn first aid techniques, in case an accident does occur.

Causes of Drowning Accidents

This may be because of the negligence of:

  • a child’s supervisor;
  • a lifeguard;
  • a property owner; or
  • the manufacturer of a faulty pool safety fence

While losing a child can never be made right, you can hold those responsible accountable for their actions and recover compensation for your child’s funeral and burial costs, as well as the pain and suffering your family has gone through because of this tragic loss.

Liability for a Drowning Accident in Florida

To recover damages, your wrongful death lawyer will have to prove liability in court:

  • that the drowning accident was caused by the negligence of someone else;
  • that the act of negligence was the cause of wrongful death;
  • that damages were suffered as a result of the wrongful death; and
  • the value of those damages.

If you believe your child’s drowning accident was caused by the negligent actions of another party such as babysitter, daycare employee or even a defective product, you should speak to an experienced wrongful death lawyer about your legal options.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.