Annette Scott, 41, Of Syracuse Died In DeWitt Hotel Swimming Pool Drowning Accident At The Ramada by Wyndham East Syracuse Carrier Circle
ONONDAGA COUNTY, NEW YORK (August 30, 2021) – A 41-year-old woman from Syracuse identified as Annette Scott has tragically died after drowning at the Ramada Inn by Wyndham East Syracuse Carrier Circle.
Ramada Inn hotel employees were first notified of a woman laying facedown in the pool around 10:48 p.m. on Saturday. An employee didn’t have a key to access the pool area.
East Area Volunteer Emergency Services broke a window to the pool area and were able to pull Annette Scott out of the swimming pool. Paramedics began performing CPR on the woman.
Efforts to resuscitate Annette Scott were unsuccessful and she sadly died after being taken out of the water. Onondaga County officials are continuing to investigate and told reporters that they would release more details on Monday.
Officials did confirm that the victim was a guest of Ramada Inn at the time of the accident.
Liability In DeWitt / Syracuse Hotel Pool Drowning Accidents
While children remain at the greatest risk anyone can potentially drown. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 8,000 non-fatal drownings occur every year in the United States. Another 4,000 fatal drownings occur every year which is about 11 people per day. Prescription medications and medical conditions such as seizures can increase the risk of drowning. There are a number of steps that hotels and other property owners can take to reduce the risk of swimming pool accidents.
- Fences can be built around pools. In many hotels, pools should only be accessed through a keycard or check-in system. This helps prevent children from accidentally wandering into the pool.
- Supervision including the use of life-guards may be necessary at certain pools. Supervising authorities should avoid distracting activities such as reading.
- Supervising adults and lifeguards should be well-trained in CPR. Starting CPR before paramedics arrive can mean the difference between someone living and dying.
Depending on the specific facts of any case there could be numerous sources of liability for a hotel pool drowning accident. Property owners have a legal obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This must be done for the protection of all persons on the property whose presence is reasonably foreseeable. There are number of ways that a hotel could potentially be liable for a swimming pool accident.
- Lack of Warning Signs: Property owners have a legal obligation to warn about potential dangers that guests may come across on their property. This is why most pools have signs that read “no diving,” “no running,” no life-guard on duty” or “swim at your own risk.” For example, failure to warn guests that a pool is shallow and therefore unsafe for diving could create liability for a property owner if someone dives and is injured.
- Negligent Supervision: If guests are not supervised, especially when those owners know children will be in the water, this could create liability in the event of a drowning. When no life-guard is on-duty there should be a sign which clearly states this.
- Lack of Maintenance: Failure to maintain pool equipment in a reasonably safe condition could create liability for a property owner. If a property owner fails to keep the water of their pool clean this could turn the water murky and make it more difficult to spot someone underneath the water.
- Slippery Floors: All areas around a pool can get wet, especially with people coming in and out of the water. But failure to clean the floors around a pool can lead to the buildup of mildew and slime that is particularly slippery and therefore particularly hazardous.
- Negligent Security: Hotel pools typically have “hours of operation.” In other words, guests can only swim between certain hours. Most hotel pools are open between 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. When 10:00 p.m. rolls around a hotel employee or security guard must check the premises and ensure that all guests have left. Failure to do so may create liability for the owner of the hotel. Likewise, broken locks or unsecured doors that allow children access to the swimming pool could create liability.
The family of any victim that died in a hotel pool drowning accident may be able to seek justice through a premises liability claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Demonstrating liability for any drowning accident will require a thorough investigation that takes into consideration all relevant facts. Unfortunately, hotels and other property owners will try their best to deny responsibility if any guest drowns on their property. A premises liability attorney can examine the unique facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what may have caused an accident.
Investigating A DeWitt Ramada Inn Hotel Pool Drowning Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Annette Scott. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to Onondaga County police officials. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
There are also a number of questions that should be answered. Did a hotel employee do a sweep of the pool area to ensure no guests were left? Have there been similar incidents at this Ramada Inn? Was the incident preventable? It is our sincere hope that steps will be taken to prevent similar tragedies. Pool drownings are often totally preventable when the right safety measures are put in place.