Tragic Drowning in Clermont, Florida (Lake County) Hotel Pool – Legal Rights and Responsibilities


Florida is a great destination and tourist State. It can be great fun to swim in pools and visit theme parks. Unfortunately, some vacations take a tragic turn especially when there is a serious personal injury to death to a young child. In Clermont (Lake County) Florida, a child reportedly drowned in a hotel pool. The child (Mahki Smith) was 4 years old and was visiting Florida with other family members. The child was discovered in the pool by his grandmother about midnight in the swimming pool of the Bay Resort in Lake County, Florida.

What are the legal rights and responsibilities of the hotel?

What are the legal rights and responsibilities of the family?

What are the legal rights and responsibilities of the child?

There are all valid questions when there is a serious injury or death to the child. Many cases of this nature are evaluated based on the facts and circumstances of the incident. In particular, it would be helpful to know the following:

What pool enclosures or fencing was in place for the hotel?

Was the pool locked at night?

How did the children especially a 4 year old get into the pool area so late at night?

What security measures were in place at the hotel?

Did any surveillance cameras videotape the incident or other portions of the night?

There are dangers in and around every pool and body of water in the State of Florida. The dangers and risks are especially high when there are children present. Safety precautions and supervision are key to keeping children safe in and around pools.

The loss and tragic death will be Mahki Smith will be felt in the family and community. You can read more about this story at Boy from New York Drowns in Lake County Hotel Pool.