A tragic pool accident in Long Island has left a family shattered after two twin toddlers drown in a backyard swimming pool. The tragedy happened on July 27th at a home in Melville. Fire Department responders were called to the scene of this terrifying drowning accident in New York and arrived within two minutes. They found one child at the edge of the pool undergoing CPR performed by his mother, the other lay at the bottom.
Both boys were rushed to a nearby hospital but they couldn’t be saved. Media reports show that the mother was at home at the time of the tragic accident but was asleep. A third child who was also at home was nowhere near the pool at the time.
It’s unclear how the young boys got into the pool area because it was closed for chemical treatments and featured legally mandated safety features including a fence with child-resistant gate and a pool alarm all of which had recently passed inspection. However, authorities are looking into the possibility that the alarm failed to go off.
Pool accidents in New York City can cause legal complications. Curious children and passersby are attracted to backyard pools and owners must take precautions to keep unsuspecting victims (including children) safe. If the owners of the property fail in this duty, they can be held liable for any injuries or deaths which occur on the property. Publically accessible pools are a bit different and may require even stricter monitoring including but not limited to lifeguards that must be on duty whenever the pool is open if the circumstances require such.
If you have suffered a near-drowning accident in New York or if you’ve lost a loved one in a backyard or public pool, contact an experienced New York City drowning accident lawyer immediately. A financial award may be obtained for funeral expenses or pain and suffering, unpaid medical bills and lost income.