How do drowning accidents happen?A drowning accident can occur in many ways. A family member or loved one should generally be aware of his own swimming abilities and of any dangers or hazards present in bodies of water. Unfortunately, accidents still happen regardless, sometimes due to the negligence of other parties. Drowning incidents can happen in the following ways and places:
- Pool accidents, often caused by diving into shallow water and getting knocked out, not knowing how to swim, seizing up or cramping, and more
- Beach accidents, such as those caused by riptides, falls off boats, inebriation, and more
- Facility accidents, such as falls into YMCA and competitive pools, reactions to chemicals, and more
- School pool incidents, which are often caused during practice runs
- Lifeguard negligence, due to the inability of the lifeguard to act in a dire situation, lack of proper training, lack of attention to the swimmers, unapproved breaks, an absent lifeguard post, and more
- Defective boats, which may have no protective railings, slippery surfaces, uneven floors and steps, and more that can cause you to fall from it into the ocean or into the lake
- Defective pool part, like a broken ladder, broken set of stairs, damaged diving board, broken slide, defective filter, and other items that can cause injuries and drowning
- Slip and fall accidents, which commonly happen when there are slippery tiles or slick floors next to pools, or when there is no railing or any safeguard against someone falling into the water
Key facts – Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. – There are an estimated 360 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide. – Global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning. – Children, males and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning.
Personal Injury Lawsuits for Drowning and Pool AccidentsIf a family member drowned because of any of the previously listed reasons, call our firm to sue for legal compensation.
What is the procedure to file a drowning claim?To file a drowning lawsuit against a responsible party, you must establish that there was negligence involved. For example, if someone drowned at a private pool, you will have to show that the owner was guilty of premises liability. Premises liability has three potential points:
- The hazard at the pool was caused by the owner
- The owner of the pool knew about a hazard on his property but did not fix it or put any warning signs up
- The owner of the pool was not aware that there was a hazard, but he reasonably should have known it existed
- There was a design flaw with the item
- There was a manufacturing error that caused the hard
- There were no warning signs or hazard signs on the item
- Get medical receipts and treatment notes, if any were provided or if any happened in the first place
- Get eyewitness and bystander information and testimonies to provide additional perspectives and support to your claim
- Take photos of the scene of the accident at the body of water or the pool, as well as any potential defects
- Get surveillance footage or security footage if it is available in the facility
- Make copies of any receipts or purchases if the drowning happened at a facility or on a trip
- File an incident report with the company if the accident happened on property owned by a business or during an outing
Find out more about how we can help you. CHAT LIVE with a representative now.With all of this evidence at hand, you should go to an attorney who can help you with your drowning lawsuit. A drowning is a serious issue, and your loved one deserves justice in his or her name. We will take your evidence, evaluate it, organize it, write a demand letter based of it, and send the entire package to the insurance agency responsible for handling the claim. We will then work to negotiate a fairer deal from the agent and will not stop until we are satisfied with the results.
How much can I win from a drowning accident lawsuit?A drowning accident can result in a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. This claim can net you different kinds of compensation that you otherwise would not be able to acquire. These specialized claims can result in you getting payment for the following:
- Burial and funeral fees to cover the casket, burial plot, cremation, services, wake, and more
- Pre-death medical bills if your family member went to the hospital and was treated or needed to be transported anywhere via ambulance or helicopter
- Pre-death pain and suffering costs for the emotional trauma, distress, fear, and other psychological issues that the individual suffered through prior to death
- Loss of consortium and relations in situations involving life partners and spouses
- Loss of expected savings, inheritance, income, benefits, and more
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.