Catastrophic Personal Injury Drowning
Drowning accidents can occur in bodies of water like lakes, oceans, and rivers. They can also occur in swimming pools or hot tubs in public or private settings. In recent years, unintentional drowning incidents killed an average of ten people per day.
The Statistics on Drowning
According to the CDC, an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings that are not boat related occur each year in the United States. This amounts to an average of ten deaths per day. Approximately another 330 people drown to death each year from boat related incidents. Over half of drowning victims who are treated in an emergency room require further hospitalization or further care. A drowning that does not result in death can lead to severe brain injury resulting in long-term damage, such as learning disabilities, memory issues, and permanent vegetative state. One in five people who die from drowning are children aged 14 and younger. The leading cause of death for children under the age of four is drowning.
Causes of Drowning
Drowning can occur almost anywhere, including a pool, lake, resort, hotel, beach, cruise, waterpark, spa, apartment complex, camp, and more. Too often these tragic drowning accidents occur in private or public swimming pools where the proper measures were not taken. Property owners are required to take certain safety measures in order to prevent drownings.
The medical treatment process for drowning can be time-consuming and costly, particularly because these incidents often involve brain injuries due to lack of oxygen.
Victims may file a lawsuit to recover damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of rehabilitative care, including physical therapy
- Mental health services
- Long-term care and in-home care
- Lost earnings and earning capacity
- Punitive damages, should the guilty parties be found to have acted with gross negligence
Houston Injury Lawsuits
It is essential to know the cause of your accident before agreeing to a settlement. Was there a lifeguard on duty? Were signs clearly posted? Were locks and gates properly functioning? These questions, and others, must be answered in order to accurately assess the scope of potential negligence. In most cases in Texas, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a suit with time limits varying in other states, so don’t wait to contact us.