The family of 7-year old boy Rayyan Siddique should consider seeking legal
counsel over the possibly negligent and preventable death of their son
in a June 10th, 2015
drowning behind the family’s residence in Riviera Beach, Florida.
Sadly, the young boy drowned in a retention pond behind the apartment complex
in which in he lived, despite the valiant efforts of one witness’
attempt to rescue him. Media outlets report that the back door may have
been left open and unattended by Rayyan’s therapist. According to
the Siddique family, he had been diagnosed with autism.
If that is true, the surviving parents may be able to seek damages as it
might relate to the boy’s possibly negligent or
wrongful death. The child may have required around-the-clock attention, for example,
and if the therapist or another third-party failed to provide that attention,
they could be held liable.
Potential Defendants in a wrongful death case such as this one might include
the owners of the property, the property owner’s liability insurance
company, the parents company of the owners of the property, the owners
of the company that employed the therapist, and possibly others.
Few details are known of the incident other than what’s been reported
in the media, so it’s difficult to say if there is a case for negligence
or not. Regardless, surviving family members of drowning victims are always
encouraged to contact a competent, experienced personal injury lawyer
to find out if there are damages that can be recovered under Florida’s
Wrongful Death Act law.
“Once again, we’re in the middle of a beautiful summer here
in South Florida, and for most families, these months are filled with
time with family and fun in the sun,” said
Craig Goldenfarb, a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, PA,
in West Palm Beach, Florida. “But anytime there’s a tragedy
like this, it causes me to pause and think: could this have been prevented?”
Mr. Goldenfarb has helped families who have lost a loved one due to drowning
in Florida for over a decade. A few years ago, he partnered with the Drowning
Coalition of Palm Beach County for a PSA on tips to avoid drowning and
If you or someone you know has drowned possibly due to the negligence or
inaction of another, please consider contacting our local West Palm Beach
law office by calling (561) 697-4440 to request a free, confidential consultation
with Craig Goldenfarb to find out if we can help.