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9-year-old Tennessee girl drowns in swimming pool accident

A young girl has died in a tragic swimming pool accident. Apparently, her father had brought her along to the house of a man who had bought a lawnmower from him. Her father was delivering the lawnmower, and while the homeowner was inspecting the machine, the Tennessee man's daughter was playing by herself in the yard just before the accident.

The tragedy was discovered when the father looked to see where his daughter was and did not see her. A few moments later, they found her in the homeowner's swimming pool, which was allegedly fenced-in. Police report that they found the two men giving CPR to the young girl when they arrived on scene. The girl was transported to the hospital where she later passed away.

Police have requested an autopsy report performed on the girl's body. However, at this time the death appears to be the result of drowning. The fact that the girl was able to gain access to the fenced-in pool may be an indication that the gate was left open, or there was an opening in the fencing, which allowed her to enter.

Pool owners are required to keep their pools fenced so that children cannot wander inside and suffer an accidental drowning. When a Tennessee homeowner fails to secure his or her pool and a child is injured or drowns as a result, it may be possible for family members of the girl to pursue a wrongful death claim against that person. These are the worst type of tragedy, when we know that something could have been done to prevent the accident, but it was not done due to another person's negligence. While no personal injury or wrongful death claim can ever come close to righting a wrong, compensation received by victims and families can help pay for expenses -- such as end of life costs and other financial damages permissible under our laws.

Source: wbbjtv.com, "Girl, 9, dies after found in swimming pool," Aug. 12, 2013

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