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.