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Child Swimming Pool Injuries & Fatalities in Florida

Attorney David I. Fuchs


Attorney David I. Fuchs


Jul. 17, 2019


Accident Involving Children

Swimming is a favorite activity in Florida, as the weather is warm and sunny most of the year. While swimming can be a fun and memorable thing to do, it can also be very dangerous, especially for children. Unfortunately, child swimming pool injuries and fatalities in Florida are common occurrences. The good news is that there are a number of safety precautions that can be implemented to prevent such harm.

If your child has sustained an injury or passed away in a Florida swimming pool accident, consult an experienced Fort Lauderdale injury attorney at David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A.. Attorney David Fuchs will help determine liability and might be able to recover compensation on your behalf.

To schedule a free consultation of your case, call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out through the online form.

Most Common Causes of Child Swimming Pool Accidents

Child swimming pool accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. However, they are often the result of:

Lack of Supervision

When children are swimming in a pool and there isn’t a trained lifeguard or trustworthy adult watching them, an accident is likely to arise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a child may drown in as little as five minutes when they are unsupervised near a pool. It’s important for children to always be supervised and/or for adults to be in the water with them.

No Anti-Entrapment Devices

The drains in swimming pools can be dangerous for young children. Therefore, federal law requires that all swimming pools have anti-entrapment devices installed to prevent the hair, clothing, and limbs of swimmers from being caught in the drainage system. Swimming without these devices can lead to fatalities.

Slippery Decks

While swimming pools themselves can be a hazard, the areas around them can pose a risk as well. Since most swimming pool decks are made of concrete, they can easily become slippery and cause slip and fall accidents when children are running around the pool.

How to Prevent Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pool accidents, injuries, and fatalities involving children can be prevented by taking the following safety precautions:

Supervise Children

Children should always be supervised when they are in or around a swimming pool. If they are younger, a parent or lifeguard needs to be in the pool with them, as drowning can occur quickly with those who are not confident swimmers yet.

Ensure Easy Access to Safety Equipment

It’s important to have easy access to pool safety equipment when your child is in the pool. There should always be a flotation device that they can receive in the event of an emergency as well as a phone, basic first aid kit, and other relevant items.

Discourage Rough Play

While it’s impossible to eliminate all rough play with children, kids should know that pools are not a safe place for running or horseplay. As a parent, it’s vital for you to encourage your child to walk slowly around the pool and be on their best behavior when they are swimming.

Do Not Allow Shallow Diving

When children dive into shallow water, serious injuries are bound to occur. Do not give your child permission to dive in water that is less than six feet deep. It’s also a good idea for them to avoid diving altogether until they become an experienced and confident swimmer.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for Help Today

If your child has been injured or killed in a swimming pool accident, reach out to David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. right away. It can be tragic when a fun activity like swimming leads to a disaster, and attorney David Fuchs is here to protect your legal rights. Call us at (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out online to schedule a free, initial consultation of your case.