Non-Residential Swimming Pool Drownings

August 28th, 2010 by Farhan Naqvi in Personal Injury

Over three-fourths of child drownings occur in residential swimming pools. However, that means some kids drown in non-residential pools or natural bodies of water. Some examples of these drowning accidents may happen:

  • at a supervised lake swimming area in Clark County
  • in a fast-moving river or stream in or near the mountains
  • in a pool at a recreational vehicle park in Boulder City
  • at a recreational center swimming pool in Summerlin
  • at a water park in Jean
  • in a pool at a Green Valley roadside motel
  • in a large swimming pool at a Las Vegas resort or hotel

Before you allow your child to enter any swimming pool, lake, or river, you need to assess the level of supervision that is present. Pools at many hotels, resorts, water parks, or rec centers may supply lifeguards to supervise swimmers. There should always be lifesaving equipment such as flotation devices and shepherd’s crooks in the pool area.

Other swimming pools, like those at RV parks and smaller motels, often display signs warning children not to swim unattended. Though these pools will not have any lifeguards present, there should still be access to lifesaving equipment. It is important to note that notification of a lack of lifeguards does not automatically absolve pool owners or operators from liability in cases of drownings or injuries at their pools.

Some natural swimming areas are staffed by lifeguards (such as lakefront beaches or popular swimming holes), but most are not. In some cases, the municipal entity responsible for overseeing these sites can be held liable for child drownings.

You consult with a wrongful death attorney if your child has drowned. While compensation from a lawsuit will not replace your loss, it may defer some of the costs associated with the passing of your loved one.


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