Atlanta residents may have heard the tragic news story about an 11-year-old girl who was electrocuted at a central Florida vacation resort earlier this week. The girl was reportedly trying to remove a golf ball from a small pond on a mini-golf course when she was electrocuted. She was then taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The resort is a property of the Holiday Inn Club Vacations company. A resort spokesperson has said that the company is unsure of how the water became electrified. A tourist who tried to save the girl was also injured, as was one other guest. Such a tragic incident like this involves several premises liability issues.

Although it remains unclear at this point exactly what caused the girl to be electrocuted, the resort owners, or perhaps a third party that built or managed the mini-golf course, is responsible to maintain safety on that property. When guests sustain fatal injuries at a hotel or resort, the resort owner should often be held accountable for negligence or inviting guests onto dangerous areas.

Legal recourse, through a wrongful death legal claim, can provide the survivors of those fatally injured on hotel or resort properties with compensation for funeral expenses, pain and suffering the victim experienced before death, and loss of consortium, among other things. Of course, it cannot begin to lessen the unimaginable emotional anguish that families suffer following a tragedy.

One cannot begin to attempt to quantify the loss of a family such as that of this 11-year-old girl whose life was tragically cut short.

Legal actions are available to allow surviving family members to seek justice and hold the negligent party accountable so that such a horrible accident does not claim the life of anyone else.

Source: Reuters, “New York girl electrocuted at Florida mini-golf course,” Barbara Liston, June 29, 2012