According to 3WKTR, police in Virginia Beach are investigating the drowning of a small child in a hotel pool.
The drowning occurred on July 6th, in the pool of the Rodeway Inn on Pacific Avenue. A 911 call was placed at 11:13 am stating that a child had drowned in the hotel pool. When medical crews arrived adults at the pool were attempting CPR on the child.
The child was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities did not release the name of the child although they did mention he was under the age of 5.
Pool drownings can be devastating for victims and their families. Kevin Biniazan is a victim rights attorney and a frequent contributor to The Legal Herald. He has helped multiple families get justice after a pool drowning. He offered us the following comments on a hotel pool drowning lawsuit.
“Unfortunately, pool drownings are a much more common occurrence than they should be, especially for small children. However, it is important for families to know that they may be able to take legal action after a drowning. Often drownings are preventable if the owner of the pool such as a hotel or spa had taken proper safety precautions to prevent it.”
Kevin continued by explaining, “Pool owners have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for those using the pool. This can be accomplished through a number of measures including having a trained lifeguard on duty, monitoring the pool area for at-risk individuals, and having an emergency action plan for if a drowning does occur. Taking these measures can greatly reduce the risk of a drowning occurring and if a pool-owner did not make any effort to maintain the safety of the pool they may be found negligent and be liable to a civil lawsuit.”