When Texas families install swimming pools in their yards, they often imagine gathering their family and friends for fun, laughter and times of joy. A swimming pool is an expensive investment, but it can be worth it if the result is fond memories to share. Unfortunately, a pool can also be a place of danger and tragedy, and a recent swimming pool accidentis one example of why homeowners with pools must exercise an abundance of caution.
A 3-year-old boy was at the home of a family acquaintance when he somehow ended up in the homeowner’s swimming pool. Emergency dispatchers received a call around 4:30 in the afternoon of a drowning. When they arrived, they found the child and transported him to the pediatric intensive care unit of the local hospital. His condition was grave, however, and he succumbed to complications from the incident.
Investigators ruled the incident a tragic accident, and the community has rallied around the family of the little boy. Family members started GoFundMe drives to help the family defray the enormous cost of the hospitalization and funeral for the child. Unfortunately, this is not the first or last swimming pool drowning families across Texas will experience as summer approaches.
Homeowners with swimming pools must adhere to rigid safety laws established to prevent such tragedies. Families whose children suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries in a swimming pool accident, whether residential or public, may have questions about whether those safety measures were in place. With the assistance of a compassionate attorney, they may find the answers to their questions and guidance for taking appropriate steps to seek compensation for their loss.