Our Chicago swimming pool accident attorneys were deeply saddened to learn the news of the deaths of two young boys who drowned this past weekend in Carbondale, Illinois.
According to the Jackson County Coroner’s Office – the authorities responsible for investigating deaths in Carbondale, Illinois – autopsy results show that the two boys drowned around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. According to NBC Chicago, the boys were 12 years-old, and 14 years-old, respectively, and were reportedly visiting friends in Illinois.
Apparently, the two boys were swimming unsupervised, and were later found at the bottom of the ten-foot swimming pool. Paramedics arrived and took the boys to a Carbondale hospital, where they were pronounced dead; at this point, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says that the case is being investigated as an accidental drowning, reports NBC Chicago.
Under Illinois law, swimming pool accident law is a unique branch of premises liability law, a division of Illinois personal injury law.
In this particular situation, as in other cases of injuries that happen on properties owned by others, Illinois premises liability law allows victims and their families to be compensated if the negligence of the property owner was the cause of injury or death. In general, Illinois premises liability law may be triggered if it can be shown that the property owners either failed to maintain the property, created unsafe conditions that caused the injury, or knew about the unsafe hazard but didn’t alert visitors or tenants to this fact. When an accident or injury occurs to a an individual who – at the time of the injury – is on another person’s property, the owner of the property may be liable if it can be proved that their negligence led to the injury. In this situation, it would have been the responsibility of the homeowners to ensure that children were not swimming unsupervised in their pool.
Just this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study which revealed that each year, in the United States alone, approximately 3,900 people die from drowning and another 5,700 received emergency care for near- drowning incidents. Swimming pools can be a wonderful source of entertainment and fun, but can also be deadly if proper precautions aren’t taken.
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling premises liability cases, and understand the emotional toll these accidents have on victims and their families. Our attorneys have the diligence and expertise necessary to succeed in these types of claims, and even won a $6 million settlement for the families of 6 children who died in a tragic apartment fire on Chicago’s north side. Two other children sustained severed burns in the fire. The landlords of the building failed to have proper and working smoke detectors in violation of the Chicago Municipal Code and the children were not able to escape the building in time.
If you or your loved one has suffered a serious personal injury or wrongful death in a swimming pool accident in Illinois, you may be able to seek compensation for your injury or loss while holding any and all wrongdoers accountable. Contact an attorney immediately to discuss your potential case with a lawyer who can determine if someone else’s negligence caused your pool-related injury or the wrongful death of a loved one.