Someone falls into a pool and hits their head on the bottom. Someone tries
to surface from a long dive just as another person cannonballs onto their
head. Someone surfaces in a riptide and gets pulled back under before
they can take a breath. Sadly, drowning is the leading cause of accidental
death for Floridian children between 1 and 4, and Florida has the highest
deaths by drowning per capita of any state in the nation.
The difference between drowning and living is simple: it's all about
attention. Even if someone does dive into the bottom of a pool and knock
themselves out, someone else who knows CPR and can swim well can pull
them out and get them breathing again. That's why it's important
that you never go swimming alone, and if you have several people swimming
at once, you should have someone whose job is to watch everyone and make
sure they're safe.
This is precisely why every public swimming area must legally have either
a lifeguard or a very large, obvious sign announcing that there are no
lifeguards. It's also why it's important to have appropriate safety
equipment. Life vests for young people, life preservers or other floatation
devices for everyone, and if relevant, some sort of long pole with a hook
or loop on it so that whoever is observing can reach them.
If you've lost a loved one in a drowning accident, it may legally be
a case of wrongful death. If it was, you deserve compensation from the
person or organization responsible for the death. To find out whether
or not you have a case, you first need to get in touch with a pool drowning
accident attorney. Orlando has lots of wrongful death attorneys, but few
of them specialize in drowning accidents.
The first priority if you think you have a wrongful death case is to get
all of the evidence you can. Then, get a pool drowning accident lawyer
from Tampa (who may well then ask you to pursue more evidence.) The longer
you wait after the drowning occurs, the harder it will be to prove your
case — so be quick.