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 over 36 years of experience
and oversees every case handled by the firm.
Drowning Accident Statistics
Since Florida is blessed with beautiful beaches and a plethora of swimming
pools, spas, water parks, and theme parks, inevitably there is an increased
risk of drowning to us, our children, and our families.
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.
Causes of Drowning Accidents
Drowning accidents and deaths are many times due to poor supervision of
a babysitter, 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.
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 more than 36 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.