Drowning accidents aren’t always the fault of the swimmer. If you’ve lost someone in a drowning accident or if you’ve suffered a near-drowning yourself, you may wonder how you can move forward afterward. Triumph Law’s El Dorado Hills drowning accidents lawyers can help you take the first steps.
Let our El Dorado Hills personal injury lawyers find out if your drowning could have been prevented. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, we can help you get compensation for what happened. Find out with one free consultation.
The Dangers of Drowning
We all know drowning can be fatal, but you may not know that near drowning can cause physical and emotional trauma that may last for a long time and possibly your lifetime. By working with one of our lawyers, you could secure the money you need to treat your condition.
Some of the injuries we see in drowning survivors include:
When someone is drowning, oxygen cannot pass into the lungs because water is in the way. Brain cells start dying when you cannot get enough oxygen to the brain. This can lead to brain damage. Your drowning may cause you to suffer from:
- Cognitive difficulties
- Speech problems
- Personality alterations
- Behavioral changes
- Vision and hearing issues
- Motor skill impairment
These conditions may never heal properly. Brain damage is notoriously hard to heal. An El Dorado Hills drowning accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to care for these conditions.
Other injuries could arise from your drowning accident. These include:
- Head and spinal cord injuries
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
You may also have other trauma from your accident that caused you to drown. For example, if a boat pilot hits you with their vessel while you’re swimming, then those injuries could cause you to drown. We can fold the costs of these additional injuries into your claim.
By working with Triumph Law, you’ll have someone with experience in drowning cases who can fight to get the care and compensation you need to move past what happened to you. We can help you get the medical care you require to achieve the best possible recovery.
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Negligence and Drowning Accidents
Any body of water, public or private, could be the scene of a drowning accident. Owners of properties with a body of water need to take safety measures to protect others who get into the water.
Most drowning accidents are a form of premises liability. Here are some of the negligent causes that lead to drowning accidents:
Lack of Supervision
Public swimming pools have regulations they must follow to keep people safe. They need lifeguards with proper training, staff to keep the pool from being overcrowded, safety gear, and more. At the very least, they need signage to notify swimmers that there is no lifeguard on duty.
Public swimming locations also need disaster plans in case something goes wrong, as well as emergency equipment. If any of these are not in place, that creates a dangerous situation for swimmers. Our El Dorado Hills drowning accidents attorney will find out if these rules were broken.
In a place like a water park, a hot tub, or any other body of water with jets and pumps, there’s a chance they could fail and hold a swimmer underwater. For instance, hair could get caught inside an intake valve and refuse to let a swimmer resurface.
If these components cause drowning, the owner of the pool may be liable, as well as the part manufacturer or the installer.
Poor or No Fencing
For private bodies of water, owners must take care to prevent unauthorized people from entering the pool. Pools are considered “attractive nuisances” because people, especially children, are naturally attracted to water.
Without proper fencing around a pool, a child may fall in and drown. This could mean the property owner is liable for the drowning. Triumph Law can find out if you have a premises liability claim under the attractive nuisance regulations.
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What Damages Can I Claim in a Drowning Accident?
A drowning accident lawyer can help you pursue an insurance claim or a lawsuit and maximize the amount of compensation you can receive from the insurers. If we cannot come to a settlement agreement with them, we’ll take your case to court.
Some damages you could claim in a drowning accident include:
- Current and future medical costs related to the drowning
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Emotional trauma
- Property damage (e.g. you were in a boat crash and drowned)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Funeral and final expenses, if you’ve lost a loved one in a drowning accident
There are other damages you could also receive. An insurer will try to undervalue your case and get you to accept a settlement quickly but do not take it without talking to a lawyer. Let our attorneys identify all the sources of liability so you can get the most money from your case.
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Contact an El Dorado Hills Drowning Accident Lawyer
If you live in El Dorado Hills and you’ve been in a drowning accident, or if you’ve lost a loved one to drowning, you deserve to know if you have a case. Call Triumph Law for a free consultation to determine if you can get compensation.
We will listen to your study and explain your legal options and how we can help you win. Our lawyers do not charge a fee unless you hire us and you win your case. If you lose, you will owe us nothing, so there is no financial risk to you.
Call us now and discover if Triumph Law can hold the people who harmed you responsible for what you’ve suffered. You can call us anytime or send us an email through our website.