By: Joseph Cammarata
A 2-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was found in a small backyard pool
at a home day care center in Washington, DC. Although the official cause
of death is still under investigation, the Metropolitan Police Department
has stated it was likely an unintentional drowning.
Officials report that the boy was found shortly before noon on Tuesday,
June 13 at a residence located in the 300 block of 17th Place in northeast
DC. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The home had been licensed as a child development facility by the District
Office of the Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Police and officials
from OSSE and Child and Family Services Agency are investigating the incident.
Our legal team sends our thoughts and condolences to the family of the
child who died in this tragic incident. While the drowning may have been
accidental or unintentional, an investigation will be critical to determining
what led to his drowning. Officials will be paying close attention to
whether there was adequate supervision at the time of drowning.
As a law firm with extensive experience handling cases involving
drownings, near drownings, child injuries, and
wrongful death, we know the profound consequences of these tragedies. Unfortunately,
unintentional drownings are common in the U.S., and are the fifth leading
cause of unintentional death nationwide. Children are particularly susceptible
to drowning accidents and submersion injuries. Toddlers ages 1 to 4 have
the highest rates of drowning, with most incidents occurring in swimming
pools or bathtubs.
Although the investigation is still pending, it will introduce questions
of premises liability and whether this tragedy could have prevented. As
a licensed day care facility, the owners of the residential business have
an obligation to take reasonable measures in ensuring the safety of children.
This requires diligent supervision and steps to reduce potential risks,
including risks of drownings posed by swimming pools. Even if a pool is
small, shallow, or inflatable, supervising adults must be vigilant whenever
young children are near water due to their increased risks for drowning
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarate & Siegel, P.C. would like to remind everyone
about the importance of water safety and supervision this summer. In the
event of preventable injuries or death, our legal team is readily available
to help victims and families navigate these difficult times, learn more
about their rights, and discuss how they may be able to pursue justice
and financial compensation through civil personal injury cases. If you
have questions regarding drownings, near drowning incidents, swimming
pool accidents, or child injuries,
contact our firm for a free consultation.