What You Need to Know About Drowning Accidents
It is one of the leading causes of death for young children and nearly unbearable for any parent to imagine. Drowning accidents are a devastating, but all too frequent occurrence across the United States. If your loved one drowns, it is important to know your rights including your right to compensation in some cases.
At Virginia Beach Injury Law, we represent individuals who have lost a loved one in a drowning accident. While we know that no amount of money could ever fully compensate you for the loss of a family member, we fight to ensure that you receive the money you need to overcome any financial hardship.
What Causes Drowning Accidents?
Drowning accidents can be caused by several factors. In some cases, it is a property owner’s negligence that is the primary reason for the death. If another person’s wrongdoing or carelessness resulted in the death of your loved one you might have a valid claim for damages.
Common causes of drowning accidents:
- Failing to secure a fence
- Inexperienced lifeguards
- Insufficient safety equipment
- Malfunctioning or faulty machinery
- Lack of barriers around the pool
- Slippery flooring material
- Failing to follow state or federal regulations
If your loved one dies in a drowning accident, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights including whether you should bring a claim against a negligent property owner or other potentially liable party.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Drowning Death?
There may be one or more parties that can be held liable for a drowning death depending on the circumstances of the case.
Potentially liable parties in drowning deaths include:
- A homeowner
- A business owner (i.e. owner of a waterpark, hotel, or other property with a pool)
- A municipality
- A pool parts manufacturer
- The pool builder
To determine who should be held liable in a drowning accident, you need to speak with an attorney. An attorney can conduct an in-depth investigation into the accident to determine who or what was at fault and should be held legally responsible.
What Should I Do First?
If your loved one was the victim of a drowning death, you need to contact an attorney. While the pain can be insurmountable, it is important to discuss your rights with an experienced lawyer. A lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your losses including funeral-related expenses.
Lost a Loved One in a Drowning Accident?
Did you lose a loved one in a drowning accident? Contact our office at (757) 802-4662 to speak directly with a member of our legal team. We offer free consultations to all injury victims and their families. Let us work to get you the compensation you deserve.
We proudly serve clients throughout Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads communities. All case evaluations are provided without obligation to retain our services. Call now to get started.