Drowning Accidents

Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida


The state of Florida provides abundant access to virtually every type of recreational water activity imaginable. Unfortunately, this is also the reason why Florida accounts for approximately 10 to 12 percent of all accidental drowning deaths every year in the United States.


If you have suffered a personal injury from near-drowning, or if you have lost a loved one in a drowning accident, experienced Orlando premises liability attorney Stephen J. Knox can make sure your rights are protected.


Drowning Accident Statistics


The following facts illustrate the seriousness of drowning accidents:


  • More than one quarter of fatal drowning accidents involve individuals under the age of 14
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional, accidental death for kids under the age of 14
  • Most drowning accidents that occur to people 15 years of age and up happen in natural water settings
  • Alcohol use is involved in roughly half of all adolescent and adult drowning accidents
  • Approximately 70 percent of boating accident fatalities are attributed to drowning and in 90 percent of these fatalities, the victims were not wearing a life jacket


Most drowning and near-drowning accidents occur at public or private swimming pools. When these accidents occur, it is usually due to one or more of the following:


  • Lack of supervision
  • Poorly-trained or insufficient number of lifeguards
  • Over-crowded pools
  • Lack of emergency life-saving equipment
  • Lack of warning signs or other safety related signage
  • Lack of means of exiting a pool
  • Insufficient or lack of floatation device
  • Lack of fences, gates and other measures to prevent unsupervised use of pool


The Responsibility of Property Owners


Pool owners, whether public or private, are responsible for maintaining safe premises and guarding against unsupervised use of their pool, hot tub, or other water feature. Appropriate safety equipment and signage must be in place to prevent accidental drowning. Failure to do so makes a pool owner liable for any drowning or near-drowning accident that may occur on the premises.


Drowning accidents caused by the negligence of the property owner fall under premises liability law. Mr. Knox has been helping injured Central Florida residents recover damages from negligent property owners for more than two decades. He has a strong understanding of the laws that govern these claims, and he has the experience needed to devise the proper strategy to maximize your recovery.


If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have suffered an injury in a drowning accident, please contact our Orlando personal injury law office today to arrange your free case evaluation with Mr. Knox. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.

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