Three siblings, ages 9, 10 and 11, died after a pool accident which occurred at a Dallas apartment complex.
The two brothers were on life support for five days at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Their 10 year old sister died hours after the pool accident. The children’s mother called for help after she noticed her 3 older children, who could not swim, under water in the pool at her apartment complex. The mother, who also cannot swim, says that she was at the shallow end of the pool with two younger children, ages 3 and 6, when she realized she no longer heard the older children. Onlookers jumped in and retrieved the children from the bottom of the pool but it is reported that the water was murky and hazy and the children may have been retrieved sooner had the pool been properly maintained.
This tragic accident is not uncommon in Texas. In 2014, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Texas ranked second in the nation with drowning deaths among children ages one to 14, with 20 deaths occurring. Across the country in 2014, 174 children died from drowning, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 4,000 people die in the U. S. from drowning each year.
In some cases, no one can be held legally liable for a child’s drowning. In other cases, however, the property owner may be responsible, depending upon the circumstances. If a property owner failed to secure his or her pool, pond, or other body of water, even though it was known that children were attracted to the pool, the property owner may be held legally liable. In other cases, the lifeguard on duty may have failed in his or her duties, which allowed a drowning to occur.
A drowning is a very tragic situation, particularly because in many cases the drowning could have been easily prevented. If you believe that another party is responsible for your child’s drowning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 to schedule your free consultation. We have offices in Plano, Grapevine, Dallas, Irving and Fort Worth. Call us today to learn more. We accept no fees until you win your case.