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Drowning Accidents

Drowning Accident Lawyers in Coral Springs

Drowning Death Cases Handled Statewide

When your family member is a drowning victim due to the negligence of another, you need a reliable attorney who will do their best to seek compensation for the injury (or death).

We recently settled a case for a family of a woman who was on a catamaran on a dive trip when the boat capsized here in Pompano Beach, FL. The boat encountered rough waters as it entered the Hillsborough Inlet following a dive trip.

The bulletin below by NBC 5 local news reported the Broward Sheriffs’ Department, the Coast Guard, and the Ft. Lauderdale Police were all at the scene to rescue the passengers. In addition, witnesses near the scene of the accident reported that people from other boats rushed to help.

One witness captured a photo of one of the passengers on top of the flipped over boat attempting to pull people out of the water. Another report by ABC News mentioned that it was a rogue wave that caused the 45-foot boat to capsize, sending all 23 passengers into the water. Four of the passengers were rushed to the hospital. Sadly, our client was the only passenger that did not survive.

Our firm is located in Coral Springs and consists of lawyers who work closely on each case. Our head attorney, Dan Cytryn, has 40 years of experience and oversees every case handled by the firm.

Florida Drowning Accident Statistics

Inevitably, there is an increased risk of drowning to us, our children, and our families since Florida is blessed with:

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Swimming pools
  • Spas
  • Water parks
  • And theme parks

Approximately 260 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools each year, and numerous others are injured in swimming-related accidents. According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida has the highest number of people ages 1-4 drown in the entire nation, followed by Oklahoma and Arizona for this age group.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Drowning Accidents?

Drowning accidents and deaths are many times due to poor supervision of:

  • A babysitter
  • A teacher
  • Or chaperone

Other accidents are caused by defective safety equipment or cleaning equipment used in the pool. Many times, houses or other premises carry liability insurance that will cover injuries sustained by drowning accidents.

Swim Safety Legislation

Due to the high incidence of drowning accidents and injury in Florida, the state legislature passed the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act statute 515.29 section 1a, which requires barriers at least 4 feet high around residential swimming pools.

Furthermore, the Virginia Graeme Baker Act is a federal law that imposes mandatory requirements for pools, spas, and hot tub utilization of suction entrapment avoidance devices.

Florida Swimming Safety Tips

Although some drowning accidents cannot avoided, the Florida Department of Health website discusses some prevention tips that are listed below:

  • Never leave a child unsupervised in or around the water, not even for a second
  • Install 4-sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate around pools and spas
  • Install alarms on all doors and windows leading to the pool
  • Learn to swim
  • Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Always use U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFD) while participating in open water sports and recreation

Contact Us to Discuss the Details of Your Case

At Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A., we handle drowning cases and pool-related injuries and will do our best to help you get compensation for your injuries.

Attorney Dan Cytryn is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with 40 years of experience helping victims of negligence. Contact us to see if we can take your case.

If your loved one is a drown victim due to the negligence of another, call our office now at (954) 833-1440 for your free consultation.

Why Hire Our Firm? 

What You Can Expect From Us
  • 40 Years of Experience

    We have a proven track record of success in accident cases over 4 decades.

  • Board Certified Lawyer

    We have one of only three board certified civil trial lawyers in Northwest Broward County.

  • No Fee If No Recovery

    We work on a contingency fee, so we only get paid if you get paid.

  • Our Results Don't Lie

    We’ve had more than 30 cases that have settled or resulted in jury verdicts of one million dollars or more.

  • Always Available for You

    If you don’t have a way of getting to our office, we will come to your home or hospital.

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