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Wrongful Death & Drowning Accidents in Florida

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.