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Considering the fact that Texas is also the second most populous state, only after California, it's understandable why we would have a relatively high rate of drowning accidents and near drowning accidents as compared to other states in the U.S. With the Rio Grande, the Red River, the Brazos River and the Gulf of Mexico, Texans partake in every type of aquatic-related recreational activity known to man, especially in the simmering summer months. Thousands of tourists flock to the state year-round thanks to the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, the Houston Astros, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Texas Rangers, leaving ample opportunities for something to go terribly wrong while the tourists are visiting our local water parks, hotels and motels.

One of the reasons Jimmy Doan established his law firm was to fight for the rights of families who lost their own as the result of Texas swimming pool drowning accidents. Jimmy has assembled a team of experienced, dedicated, and compassionate attorneys in offices across the Lone Star State that fight tirelessly for justice, accountability, and the compensation victims of drowning accidents deserve.

You can connect with a Doan Law Firm drowning accident lawyer right now (or any other time, day or night) by calling (800) 349-0000.

Handling a Broad Spectrum of Aquatic Accidents

There is no doubt that there are a plethora of water-related activities to enjoy in Texas; however, due to the large numbers of Texans and visitors to the state partaking in recreational activities, drowning accidents are a common event that can occur anyplace and at any time. The largest contributing factor to drowning accidents is negligence; this means that the vast majority of drowning deaths could have been prevented had the liable party had been acting more responsibly. If you or someone you love has been involved in a beach accident, a diving board accident, or a drunk boating accident, then it's absolutely critical that you contact a Texas drowning attorney from The Doan Law Firm, P.C. without delay.

The legal team at the firm provides one-one-one, compassionate representation to those that have suffered undue injuries due to a near drowning accident, and to the surviving family members of those that have died in a wrongful death drowning accident. The firm handles virtually any type of aquatic injury or death case whether it involves Cryptosporidium, or beach patrol negligence, improper CPR, improper lifeguard training, or even a river drowning, or a school pool drowning. The firm understands the high levels of grief, frustration and stress you are experiencing at the moment and they will do everything to explain drowning accidents & your rights. At a time when the insurance industry and the legal system are overwhelming and confusing, the skilled legal professionals at our firm can provide you with the answers you are looking for, as well as the direction you need to pursue maximum compensation on behalf of the injuries sustained in the water-related accident.

Texas Leads Country in Child Drowning Deaths

Texas is known for a great many impressive things. The Lone Star State is home to outstanding athletic teams. Texas boosts some of the country’s leading businesses. Our state features amazing scenic sites together with incredible entertainment, cultural, and other offerings.

Sadly, Texas holds another record that is both tragic and grim: More children die in pool accidents in Texas than anywhere else in the United States. There are four key statistics to keep in mind in regard to swimming pool accidents involving children:

  • Children between the ages of one and four are the most common drowning victims in Texas.
  • Most child drowning deaths (and other aquatic accidents) occur in home swimming pools.
  • Drowning is the number one cause of death of children between the ages of one and four.
  • Virtually all child drowning deaths could have been avoided in the first place. In other words, dozens of Texas children did not need to lose their lives.

Negligence and Swimming Pool Safety

As we just made mention, nearly all child swimming pool drowning deaths could have been avoided in the first place. Indeed, most adult swimming pool accidents occur because of some degree of negligence attributable to someone else. Simply put, swimming pool accidents can be avoided if proper safety precautions are in place in the first instance. These include:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool.
  • Always watch your children closely around all bodies of water.
  • Designate a water watcher to supervise children while in a pool or spa. The water watcher should not be reading, using a phone, or doing anything else but watching a child or children in the water.
  • Learn how to swim.
  • Teach your child how to swim.
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.
  • Keep children and others away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Make certain a pool is properly fenced in, gated, and alarmed.

Determining Liability in Accident Claims

There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter approach to aquatic injuries and drowning accident claims. Because the location of the accident and the extent of the injuries vary so widely, it will be necessary to have a lawyer from the firm determine legal liability. Where the injury occurred and how it occurred is extremely critical, as is the extent of the injuries, for both will play a role in who is held accountable for the injuries and also how much compensation either they or their insurance company will be responsible for paying.

To illustrate, if someone becomes sickened with a water illness at a hotel, or if a small child is injured due to a pool chemical accident at such a hotel, the hotel may be considered legally liable for any injuries sustained. On the other hand, if someone is injured or killed in a drunk boating accident or in a lake drowning because of a drunk boater, then the boat operator and his or her insurance company will be held financially responsible for the injuries or death incurred.

Cruise ship injuries typically fall under premises liability law, meaning the cruise ship is ultimately held responsible for any slips or falls, or any other injuries sustained on the ship. In cases where small children die as a result of a defective pool fence, or a defective pool gate, or where swimmers are injured or killed in a pool drain cover accident, then the claim would be categorized under product liability law.

The legal team has an in-depth knowledge of all types of aquatic accidents, whether they occur in a back yard pool, at a hotel or motel, at a water park, or due to an offshore rig drowning or an offshore boat drowning. Because of their deep knowledge of aquatic injuries and Texas State laws, they are more than qualified to represent all types of drowning accident victims throughout the state. If your loved one has suffered serious spinal cord injuries, or brain injuries, or death due to a drowning or near drowning accident, you are going to want to hire a law firm that focuses a great deal of energy and effort in these types of claims, as opposed to someone who only dabbles in drowning cases on a rare occasion.

Justice, Accountability, and the Compensation You Deserve After a Swimming Pool Accident

If you’ve lost a loved one in a drowning accident caused by the negligence of another party, our firm is committed to getting you the money you deserve at this tragic time. Possible compensation in a drowning accident case depends on the facts and circumstances at hand. With that said, our firm typically seeks financial recovery for clients that includes money for:

  • Lost companionship
  • Lost income and financial support
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress
  • Last medical bills and expenses
  • Funeral and burial bills
  • Pain and suffering (of wrongfully deceased family member)
  • Lost opportunities (of wrongfully deceased family member)

Texas Drowning Accident FAQ

  • Is drowning an accident?
    In medical and legal terms, drowning is considered an accident that may justify legal action depending on how it happened. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies drowning as an accident when it is not caused deliberately through criminal actions, noting that it is the most common cause of accidental deaths among people with seizure disorders, as well as a leading cause of accidental deaths among people with heart conditions or severe autism.
  • How many drowning deaths happen in Texas?
    Each year, dozens of people in Texas suffer fatal drownings and many more suffer nonfatal drownings that leave them with severe injuries. It is the worst state in the country in terms of the sheer number of drowning deaths and accidents. Furthermore, the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services reported 90 fatal child drownings in 2023 alone.
  • What are the four major causes of drowning?
    Drowning can be caused by many reasons and mistakes, but some of the most common causes of fatal drownings are the inability to swim strongly or at all; swimming in unsupervised areas; not wearing a floatation device or life jacket; and bystanders failing to recognize the telltale signs that someone is drowning.
  • What lake in Texas has the most drownings?
    The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department reported that 26 people suffered fatal drownings and boat-related accidents in Lake Conroe between 2010 and 2020, which gave it the highest fatal drowning rate in the state during that time. Data will need to be accrued and analyzed to know which lake currently has the most fatal drownings in Texas, but it very well could still be Lake Conroe, north of Houston. Lake Conroe is large and has many recreational docks, so thousands of people visit it each year.
  • What are the four types of drowning?
    Drowning can occur in four distinct ways: wet drowning that involves water in the victim’s lungs and airway; dry drowning that involves the victim’s airway closing up due to a spasm, often induced by water in the airway, and failing to open again; secondary drowning that involves a small amount of water irritating the victim’s lungs, causing inflammation and fluid buildup, which results in drowning hours or days later; and silent drowning that involves someone appearing to swim normally before suddenly sinking into the water, unconscious from abrupt or instantaneous drowning symptoms.
  • What happens when you drown but survive?
    If drowning occurs, it is not always fatal. It can be nonfatal, but the survivor may still suffer life-threatening or lifelong complications. Near-fatal drowning incidents usually result in oxygen deprivation to the brain, which can then cause a variety of serious brain injuries and related disabilities. Anyone who has nearly drowned should always see a doctor for a medical examination and possibly a CT scan soon after, even if they feel fine.

Hire a Fighter: The Doan Law Firm Team

You can schedule an appointment with a skilled, tenacious Texas swimming pool accident lawyer by calling our firm at (800) 349-0000. We staff our swimming pool accident phone line 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all holidays. We can meet with you at any one of our offices across the state, at your home, or any other location convenient and comfortable for you.

A virtual consultation and case evaluation with our seasoned Texas lawyers can be arranged online as well. There is no charge for an initial consultation with our firm.

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You have a tremendous amount on your mind following a swimming pool accident. You don’t need the added worry of trying to figure out where you can come up with money to pay a lawyer to fight for your rights.

The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney guarantee to you. We never charge an attorney fee unless we win your case.

Our team pledges to fight tirelessly to win justice, accountability, and the compensation you deserve. We fight hard and we fight to win for you!

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