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6 Year-Old Boy Drowns at Former Governor’s Family’s House

It seems once again former Governor Mark Sanford is surrounded by catastrophe. Our Illinois personal injury lawyers were saddened to read that a six year-old boy was found dead at the bottom of a pool during a party at the home of the former governor’s brother and sister and law.

According to the Beaufort Gazette, the boy drowned during a birthday party while swimming unsupervised. A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the boy’s parents claiming that, not only were children at the pool party not properly watched, but the boy wasn’t given a lifejacket, despite the fact that his parents had said he could not swim. He had been invited to the home for a birthday party where many children would be swimming.

When the boy was found during the party, he was immediately taken to a local area hospital where he died two days later. Although the coroner’s office ruled the death as accidental, the boy’s parents are blaming the homeowners for the death of their son.

In general, property owners owe a duty of care to people they invite on to their property. Premises liability law is the body of law which makes a person or company who is in possession of a particular property responsible for injuries suffered by persons who are present on the premises. The landowner may be liable for damages resulting from certain injuries caused on the property, especially if the hazard causing the accident was something about which the property owners were aware. In this case, the homeowners may have been responsible for failing to ensure the boy’s safety.

Swimming pools can be a wonderful diversion in warm weather, but they carry the risk of serious injuries if pools are not operated, secured, or maintained properly. In our state, an Illinois premises liability lawsuit can be filed if the swimming pool operator did not follow regulations for securing or maintaining the condition of the pool or its surroundings.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers 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.