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Devastating Consequences of Nonfatal Drowning Accidents

Typically, when people think about drowning accidents, they are focused on individuals who lose their lives in these types of tragic incidents. The reality is that twice as many people in the United States are involved in nonfatal swimming pool drowning accidents annually. In an alarming number of cases, people involved in nonfatal drowning accidents suffer catastrophic, life-altering consequences.

Any type of accident is capable of causing serious injury or death. Near-drowning accidents are particularly dangerous as our bodies and brains require oxygen to be able to function and survive. When an individual is deprived of oxygen for a period of time, as can happen when submerged under water, the body will begin to shut down, the individual will likely lose consciousness and water may end up entering the lungs. Individuals who survive after almost drowning are often left with severe, life-changing injuries and some degree of temporary or permanent brain damage.

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Essential Facts About Nonfatal Drowning Accidents

Every year, approximately 4,000 people lose their lives in drowning accidents. The vast majority of these deaths occur in swimming pools. Twice this number of women, men, and children suffer nonfatal injuries in drowning accidents annually. Of these 8,000 nonfatal drowning accidents, a lopsided majority also happen in swimming pools.

Approximately 40 percent of all drowning emergency room admissions require further hospitalization due to the serious nature of sustained injuries. This contrasts with a 10 percent hospital admission rate on average for other types of unintentional injuries that necessitated a visit to an emergency department. When considering people under the age of 18, for every child who dies in a drowning accident in the United States another seven end up in emergencies, a significant number with potentially life-altering and debilitating injuries.

The Importance of Seeking Medical Assistance Following Any Nonfatal Drowning Incident

Every year a considerable number of people involved in nonfatal drowning accidents appear to be uninjured in the immediate aftermath of such an incident. The majority of these individuals are children.

A person involved in a nonfatal swimming pool accident (or other type of nonfatal drowning accident) may not immediately exhibit any symptoms of injury. For this reason, it is vital that anyone involved in a nonfatal drowning accident seek a medical evaluation immediately. In other words, a nonfatal drowning accident victim needs to be taken to a primary care physician or to a hospital emergency department in the immediate aftermath of an incident of this nature.

Every year, people from all walks of life and all ages shrug off a nonfatal drowning incident and do not seek medical attention. As a result, there are people who end up suffering injuries associated with a drowning incident that are not immediately evident that prove to be fatal or debilitating because prompt medical attention was not obtained.

Common Injuries Sustained in Near-Drowning Accidents

There is very little more terrifying than almost losing a loved one in a near-drowning accident. It does not matter if the near-drowning was caused by a beach accident, a boating accident, a pool accident or any other type of water-related accident. After this type of accident, all you may want to do is hold your loved one near and be able to go back to living your life as it was before the accident. In most cases, your loved one's life will never be as it was before.

Some of the most common injuries and complications stemming from near-drowning accidents include:

  • Brain damage
  • Memory loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Loss of basic bodily functions
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Infections
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Partial paralysis
  • Total paralysis
  • Speech, sight, or hearing impairments
  • Permanent cognitive limitations
  • Heart problems which may lead to cardiac arrest

Many of the injuries sustained in a near-drowning accident will have a significant impact on the quality of your loved one's life. In the most extreme circumstances, a near-drowning accident could even leave your loved one in a permanent vegetative state.

While there is no way to help a victim go back to a time before the near-drowning accident occurred, there is a way to obtain justice and hold the negligent party responsible for his or her actions. As the victim of a near-drowning accident, your loved one deserves to be compensated for his or her injuries and have all of the accident-related expenses completely covered. Your loved one should have the highest level of medical attention and care so that he or she can not only go on living, but can do so while maintain a decent quality of life.

Devoted Representation from The Doan Law Firm, P.C.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a nonfatal swimming pool drowning accident (or any other type of drowning accident), the legal team at The Doan Law Firm at (800) 349-0000 is here for you any time of the day or night.

The founding drowning lawyer here at The Doan Law Firm, P.C. has dedicated his career to helping accident victims and their families seek justice, obtain relief and fight for the maximum compensation they may be entitled to receive. One of the many benefits of securing his counsel is that you and your loved one will have access to the resources and experience of a large law firm, with the compassion and personalized attention of a smaller, niche firm.

From the moment you hire his firm, he will:

  • Take a genuine interest in your case
  • Be available to answer any questions
  • Work closely with you to seek damages

As a nationwide law practice, you can schedule an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm lawyer at any one of our 40 offices located across the country. We can also schedule an initial consultation at your home, the hospital, or any location that is convenient for you. Virtual case evaluations can be arranged online as well. There is never a fee charged for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

Doan Law Firm Attorney Fee Guarantee

The Doan Law Firm has an attorney fee guarantee. Our firm will never charge an attorney fee unless we win your case for you. Our team is committed to fight tirelessly to obtain justice, accountability, and the compensation you deserve in your case. We will fight to win – and to win big! – for you.

To get the legal assistance your loved one needs, call a drowning attorney at his firm today. His firm represents clients nationwide, so it does not matter where you or your loved one are located.

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