A 90-year-old Parkland man was found lifeless in his swimming pool in May, apparently having drowned. The man’s wheelchair was also found in the pool. The elderly are second only to children under four as a group particularly vulnerable to drowning accidents.
Drowning and near drowning among the elderly occur in situations where an elderly person is unattended, such as while living alone or in an assisted living facility with inadequate supervision. Pool accidents are most often caused by:
When an elderly adult drowns in a nursing home or assisted care facility, the staff and owners of the facility may be liable for negligence. If your loved one has died due to someone else’s negligence, you might be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the facility.
As in any wrongful death case, you must be able to prove that a loved one’s death was a direct result of another’s negligence. You have a right to monetary compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and more. For a free consultation, call the Palm Harbor Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A. at 727-538-8865 or contact us online.