A recent story in The Arizona Republic recounts a tragic story in which Family events and celebration turned into tragedy in Ahwatukee, Arizona when a 3 year old girl drowned in a hot tub at the San Simeon Condominiums between Chandler Boulevard and Pecos Road. This was at least the second time that there was a drowning in an apartment complex in Ahwatukee, Arizona in 2008. This is a tragedy beyond belief and our heart goes out to this toddler’s family.
Too often, people are too quick to be judgmental when it comes to these types of Arizona swimming pool accidents. The fact that this family was all out playing together is indicative to us of a loving and caring family. The family was out by the water and spending time together on a Saturday night indicates that it was a loving and caring family. We know nothing about this toddler, we certainly do not know the family. However, we do know that children are killed far too often in Phoenix, Arizona as a result of children drowning in pools and hot tubs. All too often, from Litchfield Park drownings, to Chandler drownings, to Scottsdale drownings, to North Phoenix drownings, to Cave Creek, and beyond we see this tragedy unfold year after year after year.
Many times people will call us as attorneys and ask us if any legal action exists when there has been a child injuries in Arizona. Unfortunately, we have seen over zealous prosecutors go after loving families who have already suffered the worse loss they can suffer the loss of a child. However, many times there are also civil claims, personal injury claims after the drowning death of a child – that exists for these families. Will money ever compensate them for the loss of a child. Of course, not. I would never suggest to any family that’s lost a child that there is any type of personal injury lawsuit related to drowning or any type of lawsuit against anybody that will help with their grief. However, there are claims that may help the family receive some sort of compensation that can help them with counseling, giving to charity, helping siblings and parents cope, and other types of emotional support systems that fair compensation may make easier for some families.
Finally, and we are in no way suggesting this was not true in this case, we continue to urge everybody to remember that that pool of water might as well be a large container of poison when it comes to a child that cannot swim. We hope that by discussing these topics and making people aware – whether it be through word of mouth, articles, or even lawsuits related to drowning and the discussion that follows – that we may do anything possible to reduce the number of these tragedies that occur.