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Summer Swimming Safety Tips

 

By Christopher Marlowe, trial lawyer, The Haggard Law Firm

Deep into the summer months, swimming pools offer a well-earned respite from the sauna intensity of the sun, and the steambath that follows a warm summer rain.  We eagerly jump into swimming pools at hotels, resorts, friends’ houses and on cruise ships.  Those who own pools usually don’t think about pool safety all that much, apart from supervising any children who may be using it.  We assume, subconsciously, that other peoples’ pools, and especially those operated by businesses, are at least as safe as the one we have at our own house, and that the rules at home will be followed as strictly in a public pool as they would be anywhere else.

 

These are dangerous assumptions. If you think that checking the safety of a swimming pool before using it is unnecessary or smacks of paranoia, consider this: drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1–4 in Florida.  Too many children (of all ages) have drowned without a capable supervisor watching the area, and others have drowned while those nearby confused horseplay with a deadly drowning underway. Our team at Haggard Law Firm has litigated cases time and time again of drownings or near drownings that could have been prevented by those responsible for a pool taking the proper measures to make it the safest environment possible. And yes, many of these cases have been again apartment complexes and hotels.

Here are easy steps to take to ensure safety around pools during your summer vacation:

Haggard to Lead Seminar During Aquatic Law Symposium

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Our Michael Haggard will be one of the featured presenters during the upcoming 2018 National Drowning Prevention Alliance Educational Conference’s Aquatic Law Symposium.  The objective of the symposium is to provide plaintiff and defense attorneys with information about principles and practices of aquatic law. The event will be held April 2nd to the 7th at the Marriott Waterside in Tampa. Haggard’s seminar “Developing Theories of Negligence Citing Important Litigation Cases by Firm” is scheduled for the morning session which begins at 8:50am on Saturday, April 7th.

The legal symposiums are certified by the Florida Bar and in every state via reciprocity agreement for CLE credits (8 Credits Available)

Michael Haggard’s Aquatic Law Experience

Michael Haggard and The Haggard Law Firm has a long history of successfully litigating cases involving drownings and near-drownings…

REPORT: 163 Children Drowned in the U.S. This Summer

According to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017* at least 163 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas. Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims — nearly 70 percent — were children younger than age five. Florida led the nation in drowning deaths during this time period with 25. California was second with 16.

“Every year we see the same tragic statistics regarding pool drownings involving our children.  Florida, as well as other warm weathered states, has too many of these horrible incidents” says Haggard Law Firm’s Douglas McCarron.  The Haggard Law Firm has represented several families who have either lost or had a child who suffered life-altering injuries due to a drowning or near drowning. (Learn more about drowning/near-drowning cases, click here)

Florida Summer Swimming Safety Tips

For many counties around the State of Florida, this is the first week of summer vacation as schools ended the regular year and graduations were held last week. The Summertime is primetime for an increase in activity at the beach and around lakes and pools in the Sunshine State.

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children in Florida under the age of 5. The Haggard Law Firm has litigated a number of these unfortunate cases where a child has lost their life or has suffered a significant injury because of dangerous conditions in and around a pool area or a natural body of water. In many cases, a property owner of manager has not taken required and responsible steps to secure these areas.

Pool Pump/Drain Safety – Drowning Cases

The Haggard Law Firm has extensive experience litigating drowning and near drowning cases. This video discusses the dangers of Pool Pump Drains and our commitment to making pools more safe by turning tragedy into a new federal law to protect swimmers. But there is still more to do. This story features important tips on what to look for when it comes to safety and pool pumps and drains.   https://youtu.be/Dtt01SDMHps LEARN MORE ABOUT MICHAEL HAGGARD CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO ON POOL GATE SAFETY  ...

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Michael Haggard Featured Expert in Pool Gate/Toddler Drowning Tragedy Story

Michael Haggard, the Managing Partner of The Haggard Law Firm, was the featured expert in a recent story aired by WINK-TV (CBS station) which covers southwestern Florida. The story was a follow-up to the tragic drowning of a 1 and 3-year-old in an apartment complex pool that had no pool safety gate.

 

 

Haggard is on the National Drowning Prevention Board and has worked with former Secretary of State James Baker on VIRGINIA GRAEME BAKER POOL AND SPA SAFETY ACT which was a law passed in the United States Congress (in 2008) to set new pool pump safety standards.