What Are the Dangers of Retention Ponds to Children?


In Florida, there are dangers in many communities and neighborhoods. Retention ponds can and are dangerous to small children, teenagers ,and even adults. Tragically, there are drowning injuries and deaths that take place in Florida retention ponds. Many such ponds do not have fencing to keep small children from wandering into the areas. Is there a duty to have fencing around a retention pond? Like many legal cases, the duty depends on the property ownership and the facts / circumstances of the incident. A fence and proper barrier can help prevent many tragic incidents from taking place. In addition, it is always good to have consistent and timely supervision in place for children any time that a home, school, or day care center is near an area of water like a retention pond, lake, canal, river, ocean, or swimming pool.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Swimming and Water Park Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Medical Treatment / Bills, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

In Bradenton, Florida, a tragic and unfortunate death was recently reported. The Associated Press reported that a 5 year old girl drowned in a retention pond near her home. Divers from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office were called to service to retrieve the little girl’s body. See 5 Year Old Girl Drowns in Bradenton Florida Retention Pond.

David Wolf is a child injury lawyer based in Jacksonville, Florida. He has based his entire legal career to the protection and enforcement of the rights of children. The law firm of Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. handles child injury cases across the State of Florida. Contact David Wolf at Wood, Atter & Wolf to find out more about the legal rights in Florida when a child suffers personal injuries. All personal injury consultations are free and these cases are handled on a contingency basis.

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