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Fast Facts: Swimming Pool Accidents

Please accept my sympathies if the following content applies to you personally after losing your child or a loved one in a swimming pool drowning accident.

Swimming Pool Accidents

Information can be lost!

Swimming pool accident and drowning death accidents are best consulted about with an experienced Florida Injury Lawyer as soon as possible.

Crucial information can be lost, destroyed or become unavailable quite fast if the investigation does not take place quickly after the swimming pool accident.

Things like the following should be obtained early: Photographs of the scene; Statements of Eyewitnesses; 911 tapes; Paramedic Transport call logs and computer stored conversations

Do not forget to…

Do not forget to tell your attorney about any news, newspapers, TV broadcasts about the accident.

Broadcast copies are often discarded after a short time, but they may provide valuable images or information.

Brace Yourself!

Brace yourself, this next part probably will not happen, but since you seek real information here is some truth and honesty.

It depends on the individual facts and circumstances, and this is highly unlikely to apply to you… but:
If you are the parent of a child that has died in a drowning or almost drowned to death, you might possibly – just a small and tiny chance –be questioned by the authorities. Do not construe their concern and sympathy to mean they are not thinking about filing criminal charges against you for child-neglect, or maybe evaluating having any other kids of yours to be taken into the custody of the State.

I say this from experience with great parents whose child has drowned, and I say this regardless of how great a parent you actually are or how innocent a parent that you are. In a case like this one, I usually have you consult with a criminal defense lawyer and perhaps a family lawyer.

It all depends on the particular facts and circumstances surrounding the case.

A big point…

A big point in some of these very tragic child drowning lawsuits is how long the child was deprived of oxygen.

In near-drowning cases, the issue is even more important to understanding the oxygen deprivation time for medical forensic and legal purposes.

Adult Supervision

In child drowning cases the issue is usually that there was no adult present to supervise.

The Case Focus

The majority of cases dealing with a child drowning will focus on: Who-Was-Where; What-Were-They-Doing; How-Long-Did-It-Take; What-Happened.

Do not take that to mean that all cases follow this very same formula or steps; there are elements which are likely to be investigated and litigated and these are usually amongst them.

Important Factors

The pool may not play a large part in the accident facts, except as the dangerous condition; more likely, however, the pool may be a huge focus of key issues.

How deep, slope or pitch, transitions from shallow to deep ends, edges, comings and overhangs for grasp… Safety equipment, fences, pool barriers, lifeguards on duty, even the angle of the sun and glare may all be important factors to consider.

Juror Factors

Selecting a jury in swimming pool child drowning lawsuits is an art form; ethnic backgrounds, education levels, parenting history, water and swimming lifestyle and prior water sports experiences.
There are hundreds and hundreds of factors that go into the evaluation of keeping or challenging a potential juror.

Expert Witnesses

Psychologists, psychiatrists and even experts in grief counselling are usually retained to consult with me and may be called as expert witnesses to testify on your behalf at the trial.

Each Case is Unique

Each tragic pool drowning case is unique, just as each child is unique.

A drowning case is among the saddest of circumstances, and you deserve extra time and respect for your tragic loss, not a form to be filled out or a meeting with a paralegal.

Now everything is irrevocably changed, and life is hard to carry on. Inner strength is great, and so are your religious beliefs. Don’t forget to lean on your friends, family, pastor, priest, clergy, and take no shame in asking for therapists and professional help like psychologists or psychiatrists.

At my law firm, your case will forever stay independent of all others, and be treated with special care, attention, preparation and respect.

Office Location and Service Areas

Mark J. Leeds, P.A. handles cases throughout Florida from his Fort Lauderdale office.

Here is a list of some of the counties and cities we serve:
Broward County:
Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale Beach, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Weston, Miramar, Plantation, Sunrise, Coral Springs and throughout the greater Broward area.
Miami-Dade County:
Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, South Miami, Kendall, Hialeah North Miami Beach, Aventura, Sunny Isles, and throughout the greater Miami-Dade area.
Palm Beach County:
West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and throughout the greater Palm Beach area.
Collier County:
Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Estero, Sanibel and throughout the greater Collier area.

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