Getting a Recovery for a Child’s Drowning Death; Be Aware of the Dangers


Over the weekend a couple of teens drowned in the Bronx River south of the Bronx Zoo.  The children entered the river even though there were signs “DANGER NO SWIMMING.”

Emergency responders say they're frequently called to the spot near the Bronx Zoo to rescue injured swimmers. Two teens drowned Sunday after taking a swim in the illegal swimming hole.

       The area of the drowning

Parents and their children must have a heightened  awareness of the danger of drowning in either a river, lake, or ocean which is not watched by life guards.  This stretch of the Bronx River looked deceptively calm and safe, but in reality it was very dangerous,  

Parents have a moral obligation to keep an eye on their children and to instill in them the danger of swimming in unattended waters.  

Even where a parent is negligent in supervising his child, the injured child has no case for negligent supervision against the adult.  However, the jury may consider the child’s own negligence and the poor parental supervision in determining whether defendant is liable.

A recovery in such an unfortunate case is dependent upon the unique facts of the case.

If your child has been injured due to a drowning, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation at 800-581-1434 or wrtie to letters@seitelman.com.

Mark E. Seitelman, 7/19/10, www.seitelman.com.

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