The Florida Department of Health’s injury facts show that Florida has the highest drowning death rate in the nation for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Drowning is also the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children of the same age in the state. Florida Statute also acknowledges drowning as a notable cause of death for elderly residents. This is partly due to easily accessible beaches, pools, canals and lakes as well as the many recreational activities that take place in or around water. Due to the large amount of water activities residents partake in, there are regulations regarding the proper care and safe management of swimming facilities.
Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires residential swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs to be equipped with, at the minimum, one pool safety feature. This act also requires the Department of Health to provide information to the public regarding drowning prevention and responsibilities of pool ownership. It is recognized that unsafe or improperly maintained pool fixtures are a hazard. Also, negligent operation of any water sport facility can cause hazardous conditions for those involved. In addition, residents and tourists are encouraged to be watchful of those engaging in activities involving water, particularly children and the elderly and those on vessels should be aware of maritime law and traffic safety.
Drownings are terrible and possibly deadly experiences, that can be the result of being in an unsupervised area or faulty equipment. Depending on the situation, drowning victims may experience brain damage, or the accident may be fatal. If you suspect negligence has caused a drowning in Florida, it is necessary to speak with an attorney to protect your legal rights. Call 1-833-DARFOOR to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer.