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Swimming Pool Dangers: Supervising Adults May Be Liable

According to statistics released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission last week, nearly 400 kids die in swimming pools in America every year. Most of these victims are below age 5, suggesting that a lack of basic supervision likely played a role in many of the fatalities.

This report also shows the importance of carefully supervising children near pools. For many Ohio parents, this means considering whether to allow kids to swim with friends when a parent will not be with them.

For those parents who do suffer the loss of a child, a wrongful death lawsuit is a likely option for holding the supervising adult accountable. Adults who agree to supervise children at their homes may assume a legal responsibility to protect the child from some kinds of dangers. 

Swimming pools are a good example - pools are so obviously dangerous to small children that a responsible adult would almost certainly take some steps to be sure that nearby kids remain safe.

Negligence and wrongful death lawsuits involve a number of complex and nuanced legal rules. An experienced personal injury law firm can help families determine whether another adult's mistake is to blame for the loss of a loved one.

Source: ABC 15, "390 kids drown in US pools each year, reports find," Silvia Rodriguez, May 23, 2013 

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