A previous post on this blog discussed how our law firm represents victims of electric shock drowning.
Electric shock drowning is a tragedy that can happen for a number of different reasons. Basically, any electric current in or around a body of water which seeps in to the water itself can make the water hazardous. Anyone swimming in the area of this water, even if they do not get electrocuted strictly speaking, may receive such a shock that they are unable to swim and wind up drowning.
Owners of marinas can take several steps to prevent electric shock drowning. One of the most important steps a marina owner can take is simply making sure that the marina's electrical equipment near the water is in good working order and, if it is not, promptly repairing or replacing the defective equipment.
The marina can also make sure it follows all rules and appropriate guidance regarding electrical equipment and also does what it reasonably can to make sure owners of the boats in the marina do the same. The marina can and should also take measures to prevent patrons from swimming in an area where electrical current could flow through the water.
Marinas have an obligation to their guests and customers to protect them from dangers, including the dangers associated with electric shock drowning. When they fail in this obligation, the end result is often a family grieving the loss of a loved one. Compensation may be available to a family in this situation via a wrongful death lawsuit based on premises liability.