Four-year-old is Found Dead in Pool in Doswell, Virginia

The sad case of a four-year-old child, who drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Virginia, again illustrates the dangers of pools and raises questions about the liability of hotels.

A news report on CBS6 said a small child was taken to hospital after he was found floating in a pool at the Days Inn Doswell at Kings Dominion in Hanover County on Saturday. He died later. The hotel is not affiliated with the Kings Dominion theme park.

It’s always heartbreaking to read about the death of a child. Children do not take the same precautions as grown-ups so establishments must make sure dangerous features like pools are secured.

News channels quoted Hanover Fire & EMS Battalion Chief Mike Watkins who said crews were called out to the hotel in the 16200 block of International Drive just after 2:45 p.m. The child was taken out of the pool and transported to VCU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

WAVY.com spoke to a hotel manager at the Days Inn who said he was unsure how the boy accessed the pool area because most adult guests have difficulty opening the gate without assistance. The channel pointed to a sign on the gate that read how no lifeguard was on duty at the pool.

Investigators are working with the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond to establish the cause of the boy’s death.

In some cases when accidents happen in swimming pools, a hotel or another establishment can be held liable under the law of premises liability.

Recently, a woman was awarded an undisclosed settlement in a case against the YMCA after her son died in a pool in the Lynchburg area, reported the News & Advance.

The lawsuit argued a lifeguard who was on patrol at the time was not diligently checking on swimmers.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is the author of Top 10 Tips If You Are Injured at a Store, Hotel or Restaurant in Virginia.

Not all hotels have lifeguards in their swimming pools. However, there is an obligation to make sure pools are secured so as children cannot access them.

Apartment complexes with pools or other facilities have a similar obligation.  If you have lost a loved one or been injured at a hotel or another premises, you should call out team today at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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