Injuries Were Reportedly Caused by an Electric Shock in the Shopping Center Fountain
Multiple news sources are reporting a tragic electrocution accident that occurred in a Florida fountain. Reports indicate that one person was killed and several others were injured after they received an electric shock while trying to help a child who had entered the fountain. The fountain is located at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida.
What Happened at the Harbourside Place Fountain?
According to People and several other reputable sources, at least four people were injured, and one person was killed after being electrocuted in the fountain area at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida. It is unclear how the electrocution occurred, but it is widely reported that a child had initially entered the fountain and appeared to be in distress. Emergency responders were called for a possible drowning. However, it soon became clear that there was a risk of electric shock.
Several people, including two adults and three children, were later taken to nearby hospitals for treatment related to the electrocution. One adult succumbed to their injuries after arriving at the hospital, according to a News Release by the Jupiter Police Department. The incident is under investigation by multiple agencies, including the Jupiter Police Department, the Town of Jupiter Building Department, Harbourside Place, and Florida Power and Light.
Who Is Liable for an Electrocution at a Public Water Fountain?
Determining liability for an electrocution at a public water fountain can be challenging without the help of an attorney. Several questions will need to be answered, like whether the owner or operator of the fountain knew or should have known that a dangerous condition existed. It will also need to be determined what caused the electric shock, such as improper grounding or faulty wiring.
What Causes Electric Shock at Water Fountains?
While it is unclear what caused the electric shock to occur at Harbourside Place, these kinds of incidents can be the result of several factors.
Some of the most common causes of electric shock at water fountains include:
- Improper grounding
- Ground Fault Current Interrupter (GFCI) protection failures
- Faulty wiring
It can be challenging to determine what caused the electric shock. An attorney, however, can conduct an independent investigation into the incident to determine what caused the electrocution and who can be held liable for resulting injuries. It is important to discuss your case with an attorney as early as possible, as you may only have a limited amount of time to file a claim.
Contact Our Office to Schedule a Case Evaluation
Were you or a loved one injured by an electric shock at a water fountain? You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Mase Seitz Briggs, we represent individuals who have been harmed by another person’s negligence.
If the owner or operator of the fountain knew that a dangerous condition existed and did nothing to warn visitors or remedy the problem, they may be liable for any damages. To determine whether you have a valid cause of action, contact our office at (844) 627-3529 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.