Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney
Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death in the United
States. Most drowning and near-drowning accidents are completely preventable,
leaving accident victims and their families legally able to file
personal injury and wrongful death suits against the liable party or parties. If you had
a near-drowning experience or you lost a loved one in a preventable drowning
accident, contact a
Clearwater personal injury lawyer at Roman & Gaynor. We will fight for the recovery and justice you deserve.
Drowning as a Premises Liability Claim
Drowning accidents could be an issue of negligent security, which falls
under the umbrella of
premises liability. These types of cases might take place at a public pool, lake or water
park. All bodies of water that are either open to the public or members
(such as at a country club) must either have a lifeguard on duty or a
sign posted informing swimmers to take caution because a lifeguard is
not on duty. The following scenarios are examples of potential premises
- There is one lifeguard on duty at a public pool, but regulations require
an additional lifeguard for the amount of swimmers that are present at
the pool. Because there are too many people for the lifeguard to watch,
he fails to see a drowning boy.
- An apartment complex has a pool that tenants are free to use between posted
hours. There is never an active lifeguard on duty, which is warned against
by a sign on the premises. However, the pool is only four feet deep and
there is no "No Diving" warning signs at the pool, which leads
to one of the pool guests nearly drowning.
Drowning as a Product Liability Claim
Drowning accidents could also be product liability-related claims. Defective
pool parts, flotation devices and pool toys can all cause drowning or
near-drowning accidents. One of the more severe product recalls due to
a drowning hazard that has occurred in the past few years is over pool
drain covers. Some models of pools and spas came equipped with a defective
drain cover which broke off easily. With the pool drains exposed, some
individuals became caught underwater due to the strong suction and drowned.
Drowning: A Leading Cause of Child Death in the U.S.
According to the CDC, unintentional drowning killed more than 1,000 children
in the United States in 2010, making it a leading cause of avoidable child
death. In fact, among children aged 1-4, it is the number one cause of
avoidable death. When you take into account people of all age groups,
not just children, drowning is still among the top five leading causes
of unintentional death in the U.S. These statistics do not even include
unintentional drownings related to boating accidents.
Roman & Gaynor: Your Clearwater Drowning Accident Lawyers
Contact Roman & Gaynor today to discuss your case in a free initial
consultation. Our Clearwater injury and
wrongful death attorneys will listen to the details of your case and provide you with
counsel as to the best legal recourse. We passionately pursue the rights
of victims and will do whatever it takes to see that our clients get the
needed results. To learn more about representation from Roman & Gaynor,