Florida leads the nation in drowning fatalities, with most of the victims being below the age of five, according to research released by the USA Swimming Foundation in early 2018. It isn't hard to figure out that a state like Florida, with its temperate climate and abundance of pools, lakes and oceanfront, lost more kids to drowning than any other state. Spending time in the water, especially during the sweltering heat of summer is a favorite activity of residents and visitors alike.
If you have a child who has been hurt or killed in a swimming pool accident, it is critical to work with a skilled team of lawyers. Personal injury lawsuits of this kind can become extremely complex and contentious, so it is critical to work with an experienced attorney who can make sure you get the best compensation award possible. At Goldberg Noone Abraham, we have the experience and knowledge to win your case.
The leading reason behind child fatalities is a lack of supervision – children swimming without a responsible adult watching them. There have been cases of child abuse filed within the court systems throughout Florida in which a parent or guardian has been held legally liable for the death of a child. Some parents think that if their child is having fun in the water and there are other kids with them, they won't be at risk of drowning. This is a serious misconception.
One of the biggest challenges in these cases is determining who is liable for the accident – is it the property owner or the parents?
At Goldberg Noone Abraham, we have handled many swimming pool accidents and other personal injury claims in Florida. Our attorneys will discuss your case, free of charge, to help you determine whether you have a viable claim.
- Unintentional drowning is the leading killer of children aged 1-4 in the country.
- In 2017, there were 51 child-drowning fatalities in pools or spas in Florida, 20% more than in 2016.
- For children under the age of 15, 64% of African Americans, 45% of Hispanics and 40% of whites do not have adequate swimming ability.
- Children aged five or below were most likely to drown in a swimming pool.
- Children aged five to nine years old were most likely to drown in an open/natural body of water.
- For drowning victims aged 10 or older, 27% drowned in an open or natural body of water and 16% drowned in a swimming pool.
- The period between July and September accounts for 38% of drowning deaths and nonfatal hospitalizations.
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Talk to our lawyers to get the help you need. Call Goldberg Noone Abraham at 239-461-5508 in Fort Myers and at 239-208-3000 in Cape Coral or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We take cases on contingency, so you will not see any charges until we win your case.