The tragic drowning deaths of twin toddlers in a Massachusetts swimming pool accident is a heartbreaking reminder of the need for constant supervision of young children around a swimming pool.
Constant supervision. Statistics show that 9 out of 10 child drownings occur in incidents where an adult was directly supervising a child. Many organizations encourage “touch supervision,” in which a capable adult is literally within an arm’s reach of a child at all times while in the water. In some cases, newer homes will be equipped with alarms on doors leading to the pool area. In all cases, alarms or door locks should be used in homes with young children.
As we reported on our Boston Personal Injury Attorney Blog over the Memorial Day weekend, Massachusetts drowning accident happen almost exclusively between Memorial Day and Labor Day and most involve young children. Whether an accident occurs in a residential swimming pool, a commercial pool (such as those at hotels, parks or tourist attractions) or in a family’s own pool, a Massachusetts child injury attorney should always be consulted to ensure that your rights are protected.
We understand that monetary damages cannot begin to compensate for the serious injury or death of a child. However, ensuring that resources are available is vital to treating a child injured in a near-drowning accident, the effects of which can last for months or years and may even result in symptoms presenting long after the incident. In cases, where a child tragically drowns, counseling for other family members, funeral expenses and other factors should be considered. In some cases, a defective pool product or safety device may have been responsible. In other cases, an experienced Massachusetts wrongful death attorney may be able to assist in seeking damages from your homeowner’s insurance policy.
In this case, the Essex District Attorney’s Office reports that police were called to a home in Lynnfield at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday for a report of babies in the pool, the Associated Press reported. The two-year-old girls were transported to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
The girls’ mother was home at the time. Authorities report the girls may somehow have managed to open a remote pool cover.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers Pool Safety Tips.
Massachusetts child injury lawyer and wrongful death attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman offers free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.