Toddler Sneaks into Swimming Pool and Drowns
Though the swimming season is drawing to an end for most people, many private pools are not yet closed for the winter. This means the potential for tragic swimming pool accidents remains. One family recently experienced heartbreak when their 16 month old son died after entering the family’s pool unsupervised.
An article in the Press Democrat described the horrible events that took place earlier this month. The youngster’s parents were up in their bedroom on Sunday night. The boy’s mother was resting in bed, recovering from a back injury caused by a car accident several days earlier. The child was playing in the bedroom. The boy’s father left the room for a couple of minutes. When he returned, the toddler was gone.
The father searched the house for the child and discovered that a sliding glass door on the main level was open. The door led directly to the fenced-in area around the pool. He looked in the yard for his son and found the baby face down in the shallow part of the pool. Family members performed CPR and paramedics quickly arrived. The child was transported to a local hospital but he died the following day.
Police investigating the incident believe it was an accident. But disasters like this happen all too often, as our Texas swimming pool accident attorney knows from years of experience. Unlike this case, however, frequently accidents are due to negligence. Many times the last thing on the mind of family members after losing a loved one, especially a young child, is preserving their legal rights. But in the event that someone you know is injured or killed in a swimming pool accident due to the neglect of someone else, contacting an attorney soon after the event is critical.
Time is of the essence because in Texas, there is a two year statute of limitations for all personal injury or wrongful death claims. That means that the injured party or family members has only two years to file a lawsuit starting from the day the accident occurred or when the family member died. Much preparation can be required before a lawsuit is ready to be filed. In order to do that, family members must contact an attorney well before the two year mark. This enables an attorney to research the accident and supporting laws to present the most convincing case possible.
Swimming accident attorneys at the J. Guerra Law Firm have extensive experience dealing with swimming pool accidents. We keep track of the latest developments regarding swimming pool safety and regulations, allowing us to present the most persuasive case on your behalf. Because of our experience, we can quickly evaluate your claim and draft a lawsuit if the situation warrants one. No matter how convincing your case is, however, we cannot file a lawsuit if more than two years have passed. Thus, contacting an attorney in a timely manner is key, no matter how meritorious your claim. If you know someone who was hurt in aswimming pool accident, please contact us so we can help.
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