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ALTADENA: 6-Year-Old Girl Died In Drowning Accident At Summerkids Camp On Fair Oaks Avenue

Jul 2, 2019

Summerkids Camp Swimming Pool Drowning Accident: 6-Year-Old Girl Died In Altadena Drowning Accident At Summerkids Camp On Fair Oaks Avenue

ALTADENA, CALIFORNIA (July 1, 2019) – A 6-year-old girl has tragically died in a drowning accident at the Summerkids Camp located on Fair Oaks Avenue. 

Altadena police are saying that they were dispatched to Summerkids camp around 9:40 a.m. A life-guard came across an unresponsive child in the swimming pool. 

Paramedics transported the girl to the hospital in an unknown condition. Despite life-saving measures she was later pronounced dead due to her injuries. 

An investigation into the circumstances leading up to the crash remains ongoing at this point. Summerkids Camp has been open since 1978 and is located at the edge of the Angeles National Forest. 

Drowning Accident Prevention

According to the Centers For Disease Control, “From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.” There are a number of measures that can be put in place to help reduce the likelihood of drownings:

  • Young children should always be supervised when they are in a pool. Accidents tend to happen when life-guards are either absent or distracted. 
  • Depending on the experience of a swimmer, children should be equipped with life-jackets. 
  • Teaching children how to swim is a proven way to reduce drowning accidents. Children as young as three can begin to learn safety measures to prevent drownings.
  • Life-guards should also always be trained in CPR. Proper CPR training can easily mean the difference between life and death. 

A drowning can take place in under a minute. By the time someone is taking on water, they won’t be able to call for help. This is why it’s so important that lifeguards are alert and keeping an eye on the people in the water. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple sources of liability for a drowning accident. 

Liability In Drowning Accidents

Companies have a legal responsibility to take measures to make their premises reasonably safe. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” This includes taking measures to prevent accidental drownings. Here are just a few of the safety measures businesses should use to help keep guests safe:

  • Gate guards can be used to monitor the flow of traffic into a pool area. 
  • Lifeguards should be positioned at the shallow and deep ends of the pool. 
  • Lifeguards should be alert. A number of children drown each year because lifeguards are distracted by their cellphones or conversations with other guests. 
  • If lifeguards have inadequate training in CPR, this can be lethal. 

If a Summer Camp or other business failed to take reasonable measures to prevent a drowning they may face civil liability.  The family of any victim that died may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and emotional trauma. A wrongful death attorney can investigate your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. 

Investigating A Drowning Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the 6-year-old girl that drowned at the Summerkids Camp in Altadena. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the conduct of all the life-guards / staff at this facility. The family of the victim deserves answers about how this could have happened. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Sheriff’s Department in Altadena at (626) 798-1131.

If you or someone that you love has been harmed at a Summer Camp you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can take steps to make sure that your rights are being protected and that evidence is being preserved after an accident. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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