Residential Pool Injuries in Florida
Anytime a family member or loved one dies, it is a tragic and devastating event. The death can be all the more unfortunate if the death is caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct. When this happens, a family member may have the right to recover money otherwise known as a wrongful death claim.
Possible compensation includes loss of the deceased’s earnings, loss of support and services, mental pain and suffering, and loss of companionship and protection.
Wrongful Death and Residential Pools
Wrongful death lawsuits can stem from a variety of situations, such as from a motor vehicle accident, a botched surgery, or a faulty home product. The recent tragic death of a seven-year old boy, who was electrocuted in his family pool, shows that these unfortunate events can happen at any time.
The boy’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer and designer of the pool’s lighting system, as well as the company that maintained and cleaned the pool. The complaint alleges that the lighting company failed to manufacture, design, test, inspect and market the pool light and its constituent parts properly and to adequately warn of its failure.
The company that maintained and cleaned the pool issued a statement that it “had no involvement in the construction, repair and installation of any mechanical, cosmetic and structural portions of this pool.”
Given the number of homes with pools in Florida, injuries sustained in connection with residential pools occur often. Depending on the cause of the accident, a number of parties may be liable. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help guide you through this process and investigate your claim.
Tips for Pool Safety and Electric Shock Injuries
While having a pool provides enjoyable recreational activities, a pool can also be dangerous for your family and even deadly. Certain steps should be taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for you and your family. Some of these safety measures include:
Supervise children at all times;
Keep children away from drains, pipes, and other openings;
Teach children proper pool safety rules and emergency procedures;
Have a telephone nearby;
Install pool and gate alarms;
Maintain a pool cover; and
Teach everyone in the family to swim.
Contact a Miami Wrongful Death Attorney
If you or a family member has been injured by another’s negligent or reckless conduct, contact a wrongful death attorney to help you. The Perez-Gurri Law Firm can help guide you through this trying and complicated process to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our Coral Gables office today for a free initial consultation.