Phoenix, AZ (May 29, 2022) – A teenage boy is in the hospital in extremely critical condition after a near-drowning event on Saturday, May 28th, according to the Phoenix Fire Department said.
Fire crews were dispatched to the Embassy Suites in the 2300th block of East Thomas Road in Phoenix for reports of a child drowning.
Upon their arrival, rescuers discovered that a 14-year-old boy had been dragged out of the pool, and hotel guests were attempting to perform CPR on him.
Responders said it is unclear exactly how long the young man was under the water, but he was immediately taken by paramedics to a local hospital in extremely critical condition.
No additional information has been released at this time.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Liability for Swimming Pool Accidents in Arizona
Despite what Hollywood has led us to believe, a drowning victim is unable to splash, scream or shout for help. In fact, a drowning victim is nearly indistinguishable from anyone else in the water.
Every year in Arizona, numerous serious swimming pool accidents, including diving and near-drowning injuries, take place. Where a swimming pool at someone’s home is concerned, the claims are typically paid by the homeowner’s insurance. Resort, motel, and hotel accidents are covered by their business liability insurance.
Even if a sign is posted stating that no lifeguard is on duty, management has a duty to maintain a safe environment.
Other fatal and serious drownings happen during the course of boating, diving, and water sports accidents.
Knowing what safety precautions an apartment complex is required to have in place can help make sure that your child is safe from drowning. Under Arizona law, swimming pools located in condominiums and apartment complexes are considered semipublic. These kinds of swimming pools are regulated by state and county laws and require the owners of the pools to follow certain safety measures, including:
- Having safety equipment stored at the pool, including a shepherd’s hook on a 16-foot pole, and at least one ring buoy, or another life-saving device, with a rope attached
- Having a fence at least five feet high surrounding the swimming pool
- Having a self-latching and self-closing gate that is at least four and a half feet tall and opens outward with any gaps in the fence being no larger than four inches wide
- Keeping the pool’s water clean, free of debris, scum, dirt, sediment, algae, and slime
- Having sufficient lighting so the entire deck area and swimming pool can easily be seen, even at night
If you or a member of your family was injured or killed in a swimming pool accident at a city pool, motel, apartment complex, or even a neighbor’s house, contact our Arizona premises liability lawyers at (602) 753-8917 to schedule a free and confidential review of your case with a member of our law firm as soon as possible.
Note: Our writer used outside sources in the creation of this post. These sources include local news reports, local and state police incident reports, social media outlets, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Arizona. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you find any information that is not correct, contact Saavedra Law Firm, PLC as soon as possible so that we can correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. If you have been injured in an accident, seek the help of a medical professional. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.