Handling Drowning Accident Cases Nationwide
The Doan Law Firm, P.C. is an injury law firm that is committed to protecting the legal rights and well-being of clients throughout the United States in all types of aquatic accident claims and lawsuits. This includes cases related to drowning and near drowning accidents in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and all bodies of water. The firm's experienced legal team can handle virtually any type of case of this kind, whether it relates to negligent supervision, a defective product or other circumstance that caused or allowed the incident to occur.
Involving a drowning attorney from the firm is an important step to take if you or a loved one was seriously injured or if you lost a family member in an aquatic accident. It is also helpful to get information on the topic so you can make informed choices about your case.
Although a drowning accident can happen to anyone, children are the most common victims of near-drowning and drowning accidents. When someone is seriously injured or killed in a drowning accident, either the victim and/or their surviving family members may be entitled to full compensation for their losses.
While not fatal, near-drowning accidents can have serious, life-altering consequences for the injury victim. Near-drowning accidents can lead to serious traumatic brain injuries, coma, and a vegetative state due to oxygen deprivation in the brain.
Amusement Park Drowning
Many amusement parks have water-related activities and rides that involve water. When a park visitor falls out of a ride or off a ride, or when they become entangled or trapped in a ride with water, they can accidentally drown as a result.
Apartment Pool Drowning
A large percentage of apartments have pools, particularly in areas with a warmer climate. Unfortunately, not all apartment pools or gates that access such pools are properly maintained. When someone, particularly a small child drowns at an apartment pool, their surviving family members may be entitled to compensation to cover their losses.
The majority of public beaches have trained lifeguards present, but still life-threatening if not deadly accidents occur on America's beaches. When someone is injured or killed in a drowning accident due to negligence on behalf of a jet skier, or boater, they may be fully entitled to compensation for their economic and non-economic losses.
Beach Patrol Negligence
Public beaches generally have beach patrol on duty during the daylight hours. It is the responsibility of the beach patrol to protect the safety of swimmers and visitors along the beach and in the water. Whether the beach patrol directly causes an injury or death by driving over a guest or if they are held responsible because they failed to protect the swimmers, they can be found liable for certain beach accidents.
Much like motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents can be equally deadly. Whether the boating accident caused a passenger to be thrown overboard or if it involved a collision with a Jet Ski or someone on a canoe or swimming in the water, a traumatic brain injury or drowning accident can occur.
Child Drowning Accidents
Tragically young children are at the greatest risk of being in a drowning or near-drowning accident because of their inability to swim and their lack of knowledge about the inherent dangers of water.
Country Club Pool Accidents
Under premises liability law, when someone is injured or killed in a near-drowning accident or a drowning accident or any other water-related accident, then the country club is responsible for covering any economic or non-economic losses incurred by the victim or their family.
When someone swims in infected water, they can become seriously sickened by the parasite Cryptosporidium. This parasite is generally found in the contaminated water of pools, hot tubs, water parks and anywhere else where a body of water may be used by many individuals.
Cruise Ship Injuries
There are a host of injuries and accidental deaths that can occur on cruise ships, some of which include: assaults, slips & falls, falls from heights, food poisoning, traumatic brain injuries, drowning accidents and people can also fall overboard, thus resulting in death.
Defective Pool Fence
People rely heavily on pool fences to protect small children and prevent them from drowning. When there is a defect in the design or function of a pool fence, a small child can gain access to a pool and drown as a result.
Defective Pool Gate
Pool gates are one of the most efficient ways to keep small children away from dangerous pools. When there is a defective latch or when the pool gate is otherwise not performing or functioning the way it was designed to, a small child can wander into a pool area and subsequently drown.
Diving is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious brain injury or death when something goes wrong. When someone is injured or killed while diving for their occupation or when a recreational diver is killed because of faulty or malfunctioning equipment, then their family may be able to file a claim for compensation against the legally liable party.
Diving Board Accidents
There are a number of things that can go wrong when someone is jumping off a diving board. Whether the property owners failed to maintain the diving board or the pool itself, the accident victim or their surviving family members may be entitled to full compensation for their losses resulting from the diving board accident.
Drowning Accidents & Your Rights
In the majority of drowning cases the property owner or leaseholder is legally accountable for any drowning accidents that occur on their property; this is covered under premises liability law. Therefore, when someone is injured or killed in a near-drowning or drowning accident, the victim or their family should be entitled to compensation for all of their losses arising from the accident.
One of the tragic results of a drowning accident is death for the drowning victim. When someone dies in a drowning accident that occurs on public or private property, often times their surviving family members are entitled to full compensation from the legally liable party.
Drunk Boating Accidents
All too often boaters drink copious amounts of alcohol while they're boating on lakes, rivers and the open seas. When this happens they can become intoxicated and therefore cause serious accidents with swimmers and collisions with other boaters.
The Doan Law Firm, P.C. has compiled a list of some of the frequently asked questions their attorneys encounter on a regular basis. You are encouraged to visit this page to obtain more information, and from there contact the firm directly for further assistance.
Homeowner's Association Pool Accidents
When a child or an adult is injured or killed while swimming in a homeowner's association pool or hot tub, then the association can be held fully liable for any injuries or damages sustained as a result.
Whenever a hotel guest or visitor is injured or killed in a drowning or near-drowning accident, the hotel itself can be held accountable for any and all losses sustained by the victim or their surviving family members.
When someone is injured or killed because of falling through ice, they are often on someone else's property whether it is public or private. In such cases the accident victim or their family can often obtain compensation by filing a claim against the property owner's property insurance policy.
When someone is injured in a drowning or near-drowning accident they can receive improper CPR from bystanders or from improperly or inadequately trained lifeguards. Improper CPR can lead to further injuries such as broken ribs, permanent brain damage and death for the victim.
Improper Lifeguard Training
When a lifeguard is not properly trained it can lead to a host of negative consequences for swimmers under their care. An improperly trained lifeguard can perform CPR incorrectly or they can fail to respond to swimmers in distress altogether, or they can completely fail in their duties as they allow themselves to leave the area or become distracted.
Jet Ski Accidents
Jet Ski and personal watercraft accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. For example, a negligent operator can drive recklessly and cause a collision or the watercraft itself can have manufacturer defects which result in injuries to its riders or others nearby.
Lake drowning can occur when a lifeguard on duty is negligent or improperly trained, they can occur when a drunk boater runs over a swimmer or crashes into another boat, or they can occur when there is a collision with a Jet Ski or other personal watercraft.
Unfortunately having a lifeguard on duty can give people a false sense of security, particularly parents of young children or parents of summer campers. Each year a number of drowning accidents occur in the presence of lifeguards who fail to perform their duties.
Negligent Pool Maintenance
Pools need to be maintained in order to keep their waters clean and to prevent swimmers from experiencing undue injuries or death. When a pool isn't properly cared for or maintained, swimmers can be injured by drains, broken ladders, damaged diving boards, defective pool lights and other broken or damaged equipment.
Offshore Boat Drowning
There are a variety of occupations that involve the open waters such as those pertaining to cruise ships, oil rigs, and fishing boats etc., all of which pose a constant threat of drowning to maritime workers. When something goes wrong on a fishing boat or oil rig or when a diver has a problem, the worker can drown in a tragic accident.
Offshore Rig Drowning
Since offshore rigs can be miles from the land, the waters can be extremely deep and the sea precarious. Storms, large waves, heavy winds and rain and even negligent co-workers can all cause an offshore rig worker to drown unexpectedly.
Swimming pool accidents, whether they occur at someone's home, at a hotel or motel, or a water park can cause serious, if not life-threatening injuries. Under premises liability law when someone is injured in a pool accident on public or private property, the property owner is generally held liable for all losses sustained by the drowning victim or their family.
Pool Chemical Accidents
The vast majority of public pools and spas are maintained with pool chemicals. These chemicals are used to kill dangerous bacteria and parasites; however, when these chemicals are used incorrectly, they can cause serious damage to the swimmers' eyes, liver, lungs, skin and other organs.
Pool Drain Cover Accidents
Pool drains have a vacuum effect and when they are not adequately covered, the drain can suck a swimmer down and prevent them from swimming out of the water for air. This is a particularly dangerous situation for children who don't have the strength to swim against such suction.
Pool Operator Negligence
Whether the pool is located at someone's home or in a public place such as at the YMCA, a school, or a hotel, someone is generally responsible for maintaining the pool. When the pool operator or property owner neglects to maintain the pool and keep it safe, a drowning accident or another injury can occur as a result of this failure.
Public or City Pool Accidents
Every summer people enthusiastically go to their local public or city pool to go swimming, and this is especially the case for families with young children. Unfortunately these pools can become very crowded and in effect, a lifeguard can fail to notice and respond to someone (usually a child) drowning.
Resort Pool Accidents
Under premises liability law when someone is injured or killed in a drowning accident that occurred at a resort pool, the resort is held legally liable for any damages sustained by the victim or their family members.
Rivers are dangerous, unpredictable bodies of water that can take the lives of people riding on rafts, boats, canoes and kayaks. Whether the cause of the injury or death was another boater, improper safety training or another cause, the victim or their family members may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
School Pool Drowning
Many high schools and colleges have pools for their students, swimming or water polo teams. When a student is injured or killed in a drowning accident, the school is usually held accountable for all economic and non-economic damages suffered by the student or their family.
Spa or Hot Tub Accidents
Since spas and hot tubs involve a body of water, virtually anything can go wrong and someone can be injured or killed in a drowning or near-drowning accident. Whether the accident was caused by lifeguard negligence or a faulty drain, the victim or their family should be entitled to compensation.
Summer Camp Drowning Accidents
Summer camps can involve recreational facilities, schools, parks, lakes and rivers. When a summer camp counselor or lifeguard is negligent, an innocent child can be seriously injured in a near-drowning accident or they can lose their life in a complete drowning.
Virginia Graeme Baker Act
The Virginia Graeme Baker Act was enacted in 2007. It served to increase the federal safety requirements for pools and spas with the intention of reducing the number of spa-related deaths among young children.
Improperly cleaned and maintained pools can cause a host of water-related illnesses, some of which can cause serious and life-threatening conditions for unsuspecting swimmers.
Water Park Accidents
There are a number of things that can go wrong at a water park which can ultimately result in a traumatic brain injury, paralysis, or death. When someone is injured at a water park, the water park is liable for paying all economic and non-economic damages sustained by the victim or their family.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
When you hire a drowning lawyer from The Doan Law Firm, P.C. to represent you or your loved one, your chances of receiving fair and maximum compensation from the liable party or their insurance are far greater than if you tried to handle the claim on your own.
Contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C.
Your initial consultation with a drowning lawyer at the firm is free and strictly confidential. This will give you the opportunity to have any questions answered and to get information that applies to your individual situation. Should they take on your case, the firm works on a contingent fee basis for all drowning accident claims and lawsuits. This means that you will pay no out-of-pocket fees and will pay nothing at all for their services unless they win your case - whether by negotiating a settlement or taking your case to court and winning a jury verdict on your behalf. Contact a drowning lawyer from
The Doan Law Firm, P.C. today to see how they can help you.