A 2-year-old boy drowned in a backyard pool just before noon last Sunday at a home in the 3200 block of West Cypress near Encanto Boulevard in Phoenix.
Family members were in the house eating brunch about 11:40 a.m., and the child had been unaccounted for for about five minutes. The mother went to the back yard to dispose of trash and saw the child floating on the water. She screamed, and another family member retrieved the boy from the water and began CPR, said Capt. Jorge Enriquez of the Phoenix Fire Department.
Fire rescue crews arrived in about three minutes and raced the unidentified child to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The pool lacked a fence or other barriers, Enriquez said.
Swimming pool accidents, including a child drowning, can happen quickly. When children are involved, they need constant supervision. Younger children tend to suffer injury or drowning in private swimming pools, while older children may be more likely injured in a swimming pool.
Swimming Pool Accidents: A nice, clear, crisp and cool pool on a hot Phoenix summer day. Is there anything more inviting, or alluring? To most, the answer is “no”. To a small child, the answer is “definitely not”.
However, as happens all too often, for a young child a fun recreational object becomes a dangerous instrument because of negligence by those in charge. A small life tragically ends.
Arizona wrongful death attorneys. Each year, thousands of American families confront swimming pool tragedies. Whether it be drowning or near-drowning, the fact is that these accidents are wholly preventable. Fences are a big step in the right direction, but not an absolute. What is required to avoid swimming pool accidents? Vigilance? Attentiveness? Conscientiousness? The answer is yes, yes, and YES! Someone must be responsible for securing the pool area, and for watching the kids. When a small child dies because of a lack of attention, an experienced Arizona wrongful death attorney can help you know and understand your rights.
When watching over children when a pool at home, the level of attentiveness that is required is high. In 2007, two toddlers were tragically found dead in the pool in Mesa, Arizona. Their aunt and uncle, who were supposed to be watching them, found them in the water—WAY TOO LATE. Losing track of time while watching television, the children somehow found there way into the water. (Trust me—children WILL find a way.) When children are around water, simple preventative measures are not enough. Adults in charge of children need to act with the appropriate levels of vigilance, attentiveness, and conscientiousness. When the party in charge fails to show these appropriate actions—and the unspeakable happens—an experienced Arizona wrongful death attorney can help.
An Arizona wrongful death attorney can explain the complicated Arizona wrongful death laws and advise on who may bring an action, when they may bring an action, and what damages are available. It is important to hire an Arizona wrongful death attorney who knows and understands these laws and can help you bring your claim. Their experience will make them a powerful advocate to vindicate your rights while allowing you to move forward with your life after a devastating accident.
Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this horrible situation.