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Pool Drowning Accidents

Haggard Law Firm > Pool Drowning Accidents

Drowning is the leading cause of death for young children in Florida and many other states. Thousands of children have died or suffered serious brain damage because of defective pool gates and fences, defective pumps and defective drains in pools.

 

While we have represented families in cases dealing with various safety lapses, the issue of ill-maintained pool gates and fences are a particular concern to us, because so many children drown in Florida every year.

 

The Haggard Law Firm has developed a national and international niche representing people injured or killed as a result of dangerous swimming pool drains and negligent supervision and maintenance of pool safety barriers.

 

We have gained notoriety in this area of personal injury law by winning two jury trials that resulted in two verdicts in excess of $100 million each.

In January 2003, our firm won a $100 million verdict in the case of a toddler who nearly drowned in her apartment complex pool because she gained access to the pool area through a broken pool gate (Hinton v. 2331 Adams Street Corp).

 

In August 2003, the firm made history again by attaining a $104 million verdict in a case where a boy got trapped underwater by the suction of a defective and unsafe pool pump (Peterson v. Sta-Rite).

Both verdicts are considered to be the largest in Florida’s history.

 

Our attorneys also strive for tightened safety rules for pools in homes, apartments and hotels. Our work representing victims has spurred changes in state codes and laws governing pool safety. Representing victims of drowning accidents in pools and in swim parks is a significant concern in national and international jurisdictions. Successful outcomes for the families we represent can go a long way toward protecting children and families in the future, both in the United States and abroad.

Notable Pool Drowning Accidents Cases

HINTON v. 2331 ADAMS STREET CORP

$100 Million – Verdict (Hollywood, Florida) – Premises Liability/Near-Drowning

A toddler sustained irreversible brain damage after nearly drowning in her apartment complex pool. The owners of the apartment complex were found negligent for not repairing a broken gate around the pool area and not securing the pool area with the proper pool fencing. The apartment complex manager admitted at trial that he knew the gate had been “destroyed” for some time. The $100 million verdict is one of the largest single personal injury jury verdicts awarded in Florida’s history.

PETERSON v. SEGAL and ALL FLORIDA POOLS

$7 Million – Settlement – Swimming pool drain entrapment / negligence.

A 14- year old boy got his arm sucked into a pool drain while swimming with friends in a North Miami apartment complex pool. The drain cover was ill-maintained and became loose. The incident left him with permanent brain damage. The victim’s family sued the apartment complex owner and the pool maintenance company. The case was settled for $7 million. This case was a signature case for the reform of pool laws and the case was tried to verdict against the remaining defendant, Sta-Rite Industries.

JOHN DOE v. XYZ RESORT

$7 Million – Settlement – Swimming pool drain entrapment / Wrongful death.

A 12-year-old boy drowned in a pool at a Caribbean resort when he was sucked head first into an intake pipe at the bottom of the resort’s giant lagoon-like pool. The company that owned the resort was negligent because they did not maintain the safety grid that was supposed to be covering the pipe.

ESTATE OF L.R.O. v. ABC POOL PUMP COMPANY

$3.75 million – Settlement (Incident: Mexico; Filed: Tampa, Florida) Pool Entrapment

While in Mexico L.R.O., an excellent swimmer became trapped by an uncovered, underwater suction outlet in a backyard outdoor spa and died. The in ground outdoor spa was constructed in Mexico and outfitted with American-made pumps.

TOUSSAINT v. OAK CREST APARTMENT

$690,500.00 – Settlement – Pool drowning/Unsafe barrier

A two-year-old boy drowned in his apartment complex pool due to the negligence and carelessness set forth by the apartment complex owners by not having a properly maintained self-latching and self-closing gate and proper fencing around the pool area. This recovery was awarded to the boys mother.

 **Prospective clients may not obtain similar results. Amounts stated within this website are before deductions for fees, cost of attorneys and third party providers such as medical providers.**