The statistics are frightening. Every day in the U.S., ten people will die from drowning. It ranks as the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in America.
About one in five who die from drowning accidents are younger than 14. And for every one of those children, another five receive treatment at emergency departments for nonfatal submersion injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those tragic facts are made even more somber when you realize that, in many cases, the injuries and deaths resulted from someone else’s negligence, whether from a defective product or an inattentive lifeguard at a community pool, lake, beach, or amusement park.
Most drowning accidents are preventable, and you may be entitled to compensation if you have lost a child in this way. Determining liability in a drowning accident depends on the incident's circumstances. In general, drowning accident liability will either be a case of product liability or premises liability. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine which type of case you have.
Some drowning cases are caused by defective pools and/or pool products, and retailers, installers, or manufacturers may be found liable. Pool accidents that involve product liability may include:
Drowning incidents can happen anywhere there is standing water. However, the majority of them occur in public or residential swimming pools. In some cases, residence or business owners who have pools may be considered negligent and, therefore, liable for the drowning. Some examples include:
If your loved one has been injured or died as a result of the negligence of a swimming pool owner, you may be able to file a premises liability or wrongful death claim. It's essential to seek the guidance of an experienced drowning accident attorney as soon as possible.
Ross Feller Casey, a leading Philadelphia law firm with a national reputation for winning landmark results, has an impressive record of successfully litigating swimming and drowning cases. Victories by the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Ross Feller Casey include:
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a drowning accident, contact one of our Philadelphia drowning accident lawyers for a free initial consultation.
The law office of Ross Feller Casey handles all its personal injury cases, including swimming and drowning lawsuits, on a contingency basis. That means you will never pay a thing until a financial recovery is made in your case.