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Drowning Accidents

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 liability claims:

  • 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, call today!

We Have Recovered Over $85 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $520,000.00 Settlement in Auto Accident
    A husband and wife were traveling 55 mph in the middle lane when they were suddenly side-swiped. Their vehicle sustained tremendous property damage to the driver’s side and the mirror had even ripped off the door. The at-fault driver fled the scene, but was later charged and arrested for a DUI. The insurance adjuster initially offered to settle the claim for a very minimal amount. The wife underwent neck surgery and the husband had back surgery. After operative reports were submitted to the adjuster, the policy limits of the at-fault party were tendered along with two underinsured motorist policies in this case for a total resolution of $520,000.
  • $425,000.00 Settlement After Semi Tractor Trailor Runs Client Off Road
    Roman and Gaynor's client was driving on US-19 in Louisiana behind a Semi-truck with a trailer attached. After clipping the side of the clients car, the trailer came completely unhinged, causing a devastating collision, resulting in closed head injury. After protracted litigation, settlement was reached in the amount of $425,000.

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