A 9-year-old girl was killed in a swimming pool accident recently that occurred at a motel. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the accident occurred at the Skyview Manor Motel in Seaside Heights. The young victim was one of about 20 people who were in the pool area at the time of the drowning. The girl was underwater for about two minutes before being rescued. Attempts to revive her failed and she died at a local hospital. It is not clear if the child was supervised at the time.
It only takes a moment under the water for a child to suffer a serious or fatal injury. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in 2007. Approximately one in five drowning victims are 14 years of age or younger. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, victims’ families may be able to seek financial compensation for their irreparable losses.
These types of tragedies are entirely preventable. Pool owners would be well-advised to encourage safe pool use. For example, pool toys should only be in the pool if they are being used. Otherwise, they only serve as visual obstructions. Anyone who owns or works on a property with a pool should learn CPR. Children should not be allowed in a pool unless they are carefully supervised at all times. In cases where negligence is involved, the property owner or caregiver can be held accountable for the child’s injuries or wrongful death.
The experienced personal injury attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein help families who have lost a loved one in a swimming pool accident and other types of incidents. We work with investigators to determine liability in order for the negligent party to be held accountable for their actions. For more information about pursuing your legal rights, call our law offices at 609-240-0040.