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South Carolina Resort Sued After Child Drowns


If you lost your child to a drowning incident at a hotel or resort, you may have the ability to file a wrongful death claim in South Carolina. This could provide you and your family with the necessary funds to cover your emotional and financial losses. A wrongful death claim can cover funeral expenses, emotional distress, and various other damages. One mother recently sued a resort in South Carolina for this type of incident, claiming that there should have been a lifeguard on duty at the pool.

Mother Says “Something Has to Be Done” About South Carolina Resort 

A mother from Kentucky says that “something has to be done” about a resort in South Carolina, and she vows to “make sure that this never happens again.” She is referring to a drowning incident in 2021 that claimed the life of her 4-year-old daughter. After her child lost consciousness while swimming in the pool, guests scrambled to help but could not find a defibrillator. With no other options, the child passed away.

In the subsequent weeks and months, a number of worrying details began to emerge. There were no lifeguards overseeing that section of the resort, and the mother claims that the pool was “dimly lit.” After getting in touch with a lawyer, the mother also found out that two other children had drowned under similar circumstances at the pool. One of these incidents led to a lawsuit.

The mother subsequently filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the resort of various acts of negligence. The lawsuit points out that the child died in a pool that was only three feet deep. The child stood and was able to put her head above the water. The mother then assumed that the child was safe, even though she had only basic swimming skills. What happened next is not exactly clear, but the child ended up in a different pool and lost consciousness. Another guest removed the child from the pool, but there were no nearby lifeguards or staff members to offer assistance.

Despite the fact that two other children drowned at the resort under similar circumstances, the establishment has not faced any consequences from state regulators. Apparently, the state only requires them to have lifeguards near water slides – not pools. In addition, the report put up signs warning guests that there are no lifeguards present. Even when regulators arrived unannounced at the resort, they could not identify any violations.

With that said, compliance with state laws does not necessarily indicate a lack of negligence. The real question is whether a reasonable water resort would have stationed lifeguards near the pool – and this question may go before a jury. The existence of two previous drownings also calls the resort’s actions (or lack thereof) into question.

Find a Qualified Drowning Wrongful Death Lawyer in South Carolina 

If you’re serious about pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit for a preventable drowning, contact the Charleston wrongful death lawyers at Mickelsen Dalton, LLC at your earliest convenience. We have considerable experience with catastrophic injuries, drowning incidents, and wrongful death claims. With our help, you can pursue compensation, justice, and accountability for everything you’ve been forced to endure. Reach out today to get started with an effective action plan.



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