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13-Year-Old Plummets to His Death While on Vacation with Family
According to CBSNews.com, a 13-year-old boy from Indiana fell from a 15-story balcony to his death while vacationing in Panama City Beach on April 5.
Police officials say the boy was checking out of the Palazzo Condominiums in Panama City with his family when he realized he had left his phone in their room on the 15th floor. The 13 year old and his grandmother went back into the room to look for his phone but the boy somehow fell to the pool deck below. His grandmother called out to him from another room, but there was no response.
“She waited for a few seconds, started calling his name [and received] no answer, that’s when she realized he fell off the balcony,” Panama City Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman told reporters.
The accident is currently under investigation and an autopsy is being performed.
Panama City’s The New Herald reported that last month, a 62-year-old Dallas man also fell to his death from the 12th story of a Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City Beach.
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As this story conveys, not all hotels or resorts are safe; the balcony this young boy fell from is obviously not safe for children, and it took a child’s death to realize it. If the gate on the balcony was too low or if the bars were not close enough together, it could create a deadly situation for a child. The hotel or resort has a responsibility to realize that if the balcony gate is not safe, a child could potentially fall.
Whether you are staying at a beachfront hotel in Florida or a luxury resort located anywhere in the world, our firm can uphold your right to seek compensation for personal injuries by representing your resort tort. To schedule a consultation with someone from our firm, do not hesitate to contact our accident attorneys today.
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