Assisting Families Coping with Drowning Accidents
Drowning is a top cause of death for children under the age of four. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 4,000 people die from drowning every year; many of them are children. Drowning can occur in pools, lakes, oceans, and nearly any other body of water. Sadly, the majority of all drowning accidents could have been prevented.
At Stein & Shulman, LLC, we have witnessed the anguish that families must deal with when they lose a child to a drowning accident. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys assist grieving families in seeking compensation for their tremendous loss. We will assess the circumstances surrounding your drowning accident to determine whether you have the right to seek compensation from the pool owner or another responsible party.
Negligence Can Lead to Drowning
Drowning is often caused by negligence. The following is a list of some negligent acts that can lead to sudden drowning accidents, especially with young children:
- Insufficient maintenance of pools and hot tubs: Pool and hot tub owners must maintain their swimming area in safe condition so as to prevent injuries. This includes having proper drain covers in place, keeping the pool area free of hazards, providing necessary warnings for swimmers or hot tub users, and the like. If a pool owner fails to maintain the premises appropriately, they could face liability for drowning accidents that occur.
- Allowing access to pools: Illinois and county regulations require that swimming pools have appropriate barriers and locking gates to prevent young children from unintentionally falling into the pool area. If a pool owner does not put sufficient protections in place, they can be liable.
- Lack of supervision: Some pools provide lifeguard protections. If a pool offers supervision, this supervision must be sufficient to protect pool goers. Pools without lifeguards should warn people that protections are not in place so that parents will know to maintain a close watch over their children.
- Driving a boat in a dangerous manner: Pools are not the only site of drownings. Boat trips can present drowning hazards when the operator of the boat is inexperienced, under the influence of alcohol, or otherwise operates the boat in a dangerous manner. Negligent boat operating that causes drowning can raise grounds for liability.
These are just a few examples of negligence that can lead to drowning deaths and potentially liability on the part of property owners, supervisors, and others. If your child is injured or killed in a drowning accident, you may be able to bring a personal injury or wrongful death action. Damages could include coverage for medical expenses, loss of companionship, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident to protect your legal rights.
Stein & Shulman, LLC: Dedicated Personal Injury Attorneys with Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience
If your child has been injured or killed in a drowning-related accident, contact the Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Our firm has handled all manner of personal injury cases involving both adults and children. We have achieved over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. We understand how terrifying it can be to witness your child be injured in an accident. Our attorneys are dedicated to seeing that our injured clients receive the full compensation to which they are entitled in a personal injury lawsuit. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers at (312) 422-0509 or by filling out a free contact form online.