According to a recent article, a four-year-old child went missing from an enclosed playground at his preschool in Hampden, only to be found later in a nearby residence’s pool. The child is currently receiving care at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery. This heart-wrenching incident sheds light on the critical importance of water safety, and the legal complexities that can arise in cases of drowning and water safety.
While the Hampden child is expected to make a full recovery, most others aren’t quite so lucky. When it comes to cases of drowning, determining liability can be a complex process. Factors such as property ownership, adherence to safety regulations, and the duty of care owed to individuals, particularly young children, all come into play.