Jacksonville Drowning of Mother and Child in Community Pool

A young Jacksonville mother and her child were found drowned this week and there are many unanswered questions.

The 18-year-old mother and her 18-month-old daughter were found just after noon in a subdivision community pool in Arlington, according to an article. The pool area is usually locked. The woman was said to be an accomplished swimmer. An unidentified 18-year-old man was found at the scene and hospitalized. He had reportedly ingested a great deal of chlorinated pool water and appeared in shock and was naked. Investigators will be anxious to talk to him to determine if there was any foul play in this Jacksonville wrongful death accident.

Our condolences go out to the family of this beautiful young mother and her child. It is a tragedy to have to lose two such special people.

Florida leads the nation in the number of drowning accidents of children between the ages of one to four. In 2006, there were 72 drowning deaths of children under the age of four. Duval County is among the counties with the highest number of drowning deaths, according to state statistics.

Some neighbors, who are still in shock, wonder if lightning might have struck nearby. July is the deadliest month for lightning strikes in Florida and we are reminded that lightning strikes can precede a storm. Already this year, two people in Central Florida have been killed by lightning. It happened at a picnic in Lakeland, Florida where the conditions were described as sunny with a slight drizzle.

Florida law says the property owner is responsible for any injuries you receive while on his/her property more than 90% of the time no matter whether you were an “invitee,” a “licensee” or even a “trespasser”. With some properties being abandoned in Florida, the potential for pool accidents is great. The property owner generally will have some (if not all) responsibility for any injury you receive while on the property. At Farah and Farah, our Jacksonville premises liability attorneys skilled in personal injury can answer your questions if you think you’ve been injured because of another person’s negligence regarding their property.

All of the pieces will be put together regarding this report eventually, but in the meantime all we do know is that there were two tragic losses. Again, our condolences go out to out to the family for this terrible tragedy.