Owings Mills Drowning Accident Lawyer
It’s fun to go swimming in the summer. Lakes and pools are typically safe places to swim. However, there can still be dangers. Even an experienced swimmer can drown or get injured if they get sucked in by a current or slip and fall. That’s why guests need to be warned of such dangers.
There is concern about the dangers of drowning, especially for children. Drowning is one of the top causes of death for children under the age of 14. Parents and lifeguards need to be aware of this risk and act accordingly.
Did your loved one drown due to someone else’s negligence? If so, seek legal help from the Owings Mills drowning accident lawyers at Furman | Honick Law. Schedule a free consultation today.
When Negligence Leads to Drowning
A person may be deemed liable for a drowning if they breach the legal duty of care by:
- Failing to install a fence or other barrier around the pool
- Failure to make essential repairs
- Neglecting to inspect and maintain pool cleaning and heating equipment
- Not displaying appropriate signage
- Not warning pool users about the dangers of diving and running on slippery surfaces
- Not hiring a lifeguard to monitor large groups of swimmers
Who May Be Liable in a Drowning Accident?
There are multiple parties who could be at fault for a drowning accident. They include the following:
- Property owners. This generally applies to backyard pools. A homeowner who invites people to use their pool but does not properly supervise them or warn them of any dangers could be held liable for drownings or injuries. In addition, a fence or other barrier needs to be placed around the pool to prevent people from entering the pool without permission.
- Lifeguards and other supervisors. Most drowning fatalities involving children are caused by a lack of supervision. Lifeguards at pools and beaches can be held liable for drownings if they are distracted at the time or otherwise take their eyes off the task of scanning the water and saving lives.
- Boat owners. A boat owner can be held liable if a person falls out of their boat and drowns because they are not wearing a life jacket. Boat owners should ensure all occupants are adhering to safety rules.
- Parents. Parents can be liable for a drowning if they failed to watch a child when they were expected to. This is especially true if the drowning happened in a personal pool, bathtub, or other body of water on their property.
Contact Furman | Honick Law Today
A drowning accident is a tragic event that should never happen. Property owners and pool staff need to ensure that guests are safe around water.
Compensation is available for victims and families. Seek legal help from the team at Furman | Honick Law. Schedule a free consultation with an Owings Mills drowning accident lawyer today. Call our office at (410) 844-6000 or fill out the online form.