$6M settlement reached in apartment complex pool drowning
Following the tragic drowning death of a three-year-old child in the pool of a Hanahan, SC apartment complex, our attorneys David Yarborough and Chris Bryant reached a $6M settlement for the child’s family.
We found the apartment complex where the child and his cousins were playing to be liable in this wrongful death suit because its open service entrance was not properly equipped with a self-closing self-latching gate. After wandering out of sight of his grandmother’s view, the child encountered the unlocked pool entrance and ultimately ended up drowning. We proved that the apartment complex failed to follow reasonable safety measures that would have prevented the child from entering the pool deck and falling into the pool.
The State of South Carolina has a handful of requirements and regulations in place for complexes with pools. Requirements include equipping all gates with self-closing, self-latching mechanisms, having a protective wall or barrier around the pool, putting a commercial grade pool cover in place during off-season, and requiring a certified pool operator to be present at all times. If you live in or frequent a development with a pool, we recommend speaking with a property manager or landlord to ensure that these measures are being taken.
If someone you love was killed in an accident, please contact us for help. Our team of wrongful death attorneys helps grieving families secure financial compensation from those responsible. Learn more by calling (843) 972-0150.