Hotel Where 3 Children Have Drowned Since 2015 Faces Lawsuit Over 2017 Drowning

Photo of Karl Long

A 3 year-old boy recently drowned at a Quality Inn & Suites in Knoxville, TN. He is the third drowning victim at the hotel since 2015. The family of a 7 year-old boy, who drowned in 2017, is currently suing the hotel for negligence. A 4 year-old boy drowned in the same hotel pool in 2015.

The petition from the 2017 drowning, alleges the hotel was negligent for failing: (1) to post a lifeguard at the pool; and (2) in failing to restrict in any way access by children to the children's play area and the nearby swimming pool. Additionally, the hotel had knowledge over the 2015 drowning, but failed to take any action to prevent another drowning.

Drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 to 4, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018, at least 148 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Texas and Florida tied for the state with the most drownings with 21. Unfortunately, for Texas that marks a 50% increase from 2017, when there were 14 drownings over the Memorial Day to Labor Day timeframe.

As we enter pool season, the CPSC makes the following recommendations to help keep children safe in and around the water:

  • Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and spas.
  • Designate an adult Water Watcher to supervise children at all times around the water.
  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.
  • Teach children to stay away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Ensure any pool or spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards. If you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safer drain covers.

Unfortunately, as demonstrated by the repeated incidents at the Quality Inn & Suites in Knoxville, TN, children still drown as a result of another's negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a drowning, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 1‑800-594-4884. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

Our Record Of Success

When you are hurt and you choose a law firm to represent you in court or at the negotiation table, you need to carefully consider the firm's record.

Read More Success Stories

Let Us Help You Request a Free Consultation Today

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Back to top