In Florida, swimming pools are present in most communities and neighborhoods. In most instances, swimmimg pools provide areas of rest, relaxation, and fun for children and families. Unfortunately, there are instances in which swimming pools are the site of serious personal injuries and, in some cases, even death. Florida enacted the Residential Swimming Pool Act which sets forth minimum standards for barriers around swimming pools located in residential areas in the State of Florida. The purpose of the Florida Residential Swimming Pool Act is to prevent children in or near the home from wandering into the swimming pool area without proper adult supervision. In addition to the Florida Residential Swimming Pool Act, homeowners have a duty to provide reasonable and necessary supervision of children and guests when they visit the home. Of course, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances. For instance, the duty of care and supervision to a group of three year olds would be different than what would be expected or needed for a group of 16 year olds. When a homeowner invites a child to the home, proper and timely adult supervision should be provided especially with respect to homes that have a swimming pool.
The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Homeowner’s Insurance, Swimming Pool and Water Park Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, and other chapters. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.
When a child drowns and suffers serious personal injuries or drowns, there are many challenges and issues that a parent faces. It is important that these times to have the support of family, friends, neighborhood, and community. A Florida Child Injury Lawyer can also help parents in these most trying times to understand the laws and legal rights of the injured child and the parents. David Wolf is a Florida Child Injury Attorney, Author, and Advocate for the protection and enforcement of the rights of children. Mr. Wolf has dedicated his entire legal career to the protection of children. Mr Wolf makes it his daily priority to stand up for children and their families in need of help and legal advice when there is a serious injury to a child.