Fort Myers Accident Attorney: Florida Child Tragically Dies in Bucket

by Carmen Dellutri on April 5, 2012

Cape Coral accident attorneyAs Fort Myers accident attorneys, we were saddened to learn that a 1-year-old boy recently drowned in a bucket outside of the family's home in Jacksonville. This tragic accident highlights that young children can drown in a small amount of water. In fact, it happened more than many would expect.

The child's mother was cooking dinner and the child wandered outside through a sliding glass door, reports. Police reported that at some point the child fell into a bucket containing a mixture of bleach and water and drowned.

The property manager told a local television station that a neighbor kept the bucket on his porch because he cleans golf balls for a living.

"Everybody knows these babies be out here playing, so he should know better than to leave a bucket out there for them to get hurt in," said resident Celissa Smith.

This tragic story reinforces the need for more drowning prevention efforts. "A small child has a very heavy head, so when they go to look into something, they topple over into it," said Jessica Winberry of Safe Kids of Northeast Florida. "(They) don’t have the body strength to get themselves up out of it."

Winberry recommends putting door locks high enough that children can't reach them and having layers of security between kids and any source of water.

Please see our previous posts for more about preventing a Fort Myers drowning accident.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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