Many Texans likely consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start to summer. The weather is warm, the days are long and people are taking full advantage. In the hot summer Texas heat, many people will turn to swimming pools, lakes, ponds and rivers to cool off and have some fun.
While water can offer a great retreat from the summer heat, it can also be very dangerous especially for children. Without the right precautions, children can easily suffer from a deadly swimming pool accident. In fact, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says that drowning accidents claimed 82 young lives in 2013. So far this year, 15 children have already drowned. Of those killed this year, more than half of the children were under five-years-old.
DFPS urges Texas citizens to be careful around bodies of water. They urge parents never to leave children alone near water -- even wading pools or drainage ditches can pose a hazard.
In many cases, it is the property owner's responsibility to make sure that children are as safe as can be in and around bodies of water -- swimming pools in particular. Property owners need to make sure their facilities are adequately secured and supervised so that children do not accidentally drown.
When a drowning does occur, a family can be left devastated. If this drowning is the result of someone's negligence, the family needs to know their legal options. If the tragedy could have been prevented had the proper precautions been in place, then the family may want to consider a wrongful death suit. A wrongful death suit can help compensate families for the financial losses suffered by the accident. While a suit cannot heal the pain of losing a child, it can help to ensure families have adequate resources to deal with the loss.
Source: Valley Morning Star, "TDFPS warns vacationers to watch children near water," Kayleigh Sommer, May 23, 2014