Young Girl Drowns in Florida Resort Pool
With warm weather descending on many parts of the country, more and more families are seeking out aquatic activities to beat the heat. Unfortunately, that also means that tragedies have already struck involving swimming pools. For example, our hotel drowning lawyer was saddened by the horrific news of the drowning of a four year old girl at the Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa in Florida last week. According to Fox News, the young girl had been going in and out of the resort’s pirate-themed pool all evening. At around 9:00 p.m. the family of the young girl was preparing to head back to the room when she jumped into the pool for one last bit of play time. Just a mere minute later her father found her face down in three feet of water. She was unresponsive and was quickly transported to a local hospital. Tragically, hospital staff was unable to revive the girl, and she passed away.
Hotel swimming pool drownings such as this one occur all too often across the nation. Hotel pools pose a risk to all of its users, but the risks are especially great for the hotel’s smallest guests. Children usually think of pools as mere fun and games. These small guests are often too young to understand the dangers that a pool can pose to them. Owners and operators of these locations know better and must always ensure that everything possible is done to keep young swimmers safe.
Since young children may not have the requisite mental maturity to understand the dangers of pools, it is vital that those who do understand the dangers protect against them. For example, hotels should provide safety plans, lifeguards, gates, and other mechanisms to guard against the dangers where appropriate. These basic safety measures benefit all pool users and often mean the difference between life and death. A hotel’s failure to take reasonable steps to keep swimmers safe is often negligence with significant legal ramifications. It is important for those involved in a drowning at a hotel pool to reach out to a hotel drowning lawyer to ensure their legal rights are protected.
It is important for the family who lost their daughter in this Lake Buena Vista Resort drowning ensure a full and complete investigation into the matter is completed.
The dangers of pools are not a secret, and those that have a responsibility to guard against those dangers must do so. Despite the legal duty that hotel owners and operators have to guard against these dangers, hotels and resorts often fail to take reasonable steps to keep swimmers safe. In cases where this duty has been breached, the owners and operators must be held responsible for their misconduct. This accountability is important to ensure that changes are made in the future to prevent repeat tragedies.
If you or someone you know is hurt in one of these drownings or near-drownings, be sure to contact a qualified professional to learn more about how an attorney with experience in swimming pool accidents can be of assistance. Jesse E. Guerra Jr. is a nationally renowned swimming pool accident attorney. The J. Guerra Law Firm can help you in the aftermath of one of these tragedies to ensure accountability and redress are provided so that no family ever has to experience the same loss.
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