Daytona Beach Drowning Injury lawyers
Drowning Injury Attorneys in Daytona Beach
Drowning accidents are devastating to families and can cause a lifetime of stress and anguish. When another person is negligent in their responsibility to look after a body of water and the people in it, there is legal recourse to recover damages for their negligence. Drowning can happen to anyone, adults and children alike, and can happen suddenly with little warning. It only takes a few minutes for someone to go under and not come back up.
If someone you love has been the victim of a drowning accident due to negligence and is now disabled or deceased as a result, you can hold the people who otherwise should have prevented the drowning accountable. By taking them to court, you can get the compensation you need to help you through the grieving process and begin to put your life back together. At The Eberst Law Firm, we believe in holding negligent parties accountable and can help you get the compensation you deserve for your damages.
Drowning Accident Statistics
Every year in the United States, there are over 3,000 fatal unintentional drownings. This averages to about 10 deaths per day. About one in five of them are children ages 14 and younger. For every fatality, there are another five that need emergency treatment for nonfatal submersion injuries. Nonfatal drowning injuries can still cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory loss and learning problems.
Fatal drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children behind motor vehicle accidents. Children have a tendency to wander off away from adult supervision, especially in public places like public pools and the beach. Young children in particular can drown in only a few inches of water.
Drowning accidents can be prevented with a bit of precaution. Taking part in formal lessons to learn swimming skills can drastically reduce the risk of drowning. Learning to perform CPR can save lives, as can wearing life jackets, even in contained water environments like pools.
Perhaps the most important thing to preventing drowning accidents is simply paying attention in public environments. This means paying attention to the people you’re directly responsible for and just keeping an eye on the overall situation in general. The news has no shortage of stories of bystanders saving others from drowning simply because they were alert and attentive to what was going on around them.
What causes drowning accidents?
Weak or no swimming skills
This is self-explanatory. A lack of swimming skills can leave a person unable to handle changes in the water in less contained environments such as the ocean. This is especially dangerous if they are caught in a rip current and pulled out away from shore.
Failing to wear a personal floatation device
The vast majority of drowning accident victims in open water are not wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
Swimming in unsupervised areas
Swimmers should always be supervised, either by a professional or by others in the water with them. Potential unsupervised sites are everywhere – pools, ponds, streams, rivers, lakes, and the ocean.
Lacking a separation barrier
Most municipalities mandate having a physical barrier preventing access to both public and private pools, such as fencing. It is important to note that this does not apply to inflatable pools that can be purchased from a retailer and set up in a backyard, which can be just as risky.
Not recognizing what a drowning victim looks like
Drowning is not the loud affair that popular culture makes it out to be. They will be vertical in the water, making little noise as they try to gasp for air. Often they will make a distinctive “ladder climbing” motion as they struggle to keep their mouth above water.
Where do drowning accidents happen?
Drowning accidents can potentially happen in any body of water, no matter how small. Infants under the age of 1 can potentially drown in bathtubs, toilets, and buckets full of water. However, child drownings are more common in private pools at your home or the house of a friend or relative.
Another common place of child drownings is public pools. Lifeguards receive plenty of training to protect swimmers in their care. However, lifeguards are still prone to error. The ocean is where most drownings occur, as inexperienced swimmers lose out against strong currents or go off on their own. It’s in places like this that lifeguards are stretched especially thin.
You May Be Able to Recover Compensation for a Daytona Drowning Accident
Many drownings are simply freak accidents that happen in the presence of family and friends. While they can be devastating to families, in such cases, there is little legal recourse. However, in public environments like municipal pools and beaches, where there are trained professionals on-hand to prevent such accidents from occurring, a case can be made that they were negligent of their responsibilities and should be held accountable.
At The Eberst Law Firm, we believe in holding people responsible for their damaging actions. If your loved one was the victim of a drowning accident that should have otherwise been prevented, fill out our online form or call us at 772-225-4900. Our experienced team can examine the facts of your case and help hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.
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