Drowning can happen in mere moments, but the heartbreak of losing a child or loved one due to drowning lasts a lifetime.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning incidents account for over 4,000 deaths and 8,000 nonfatal injuries every year. Sadly, in the United States, drowning is the leading cause of death for children younger than four and the second leading cause of death for children ages 5-14.
In addition to death, other significant and permanent injuries from drowning can result, such as brain damage, requiring lifelong care.
Pools represent a particular drowning hazard, especially when negligence is involved, whether it be failure to properly safeguard it from unintended access, lack of proper supervision, or physical hazards such as pool drain entrapment.
Water recreation is another source of injury or death with most incidents occurring due to impaired use of the watercraft.
The human toll from drowning cannot be calculated. No one can bring back your loved one or reverse the injury suffered. But, when there is potential liability involved, you have the right to pursue legal remedy to hold the responsible entity accountable and seek some relief through financial compensation. Compensation can help with such areas as medical expenses, funeral costs, and loss of earnings. You may also be awarded additional damages as some acknowledgment of the pain and suffering you and your loved one endured. We, at Thomas & Wickenheiser, LLC, understand the profound impact a sudden drowning death or injury can have on your life. We are committed to compassionately work with you to help navigate the complexities of the legal process to seek just compensation.