Drowning Accident Lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona
Our Drowning Accident Lawyers understand that relaxing in a pool or boating on a lake is something many people enjoy. Unfortunately, drowning accidents are one of the most common causes of death for children under 16 years of age. These deaths can be avoided through safety precautions and supervision; however, most often, these measures are not in place. There are various precautions to heed in order to greatly reduce the potential of a drowning accident.
Prevent a Drowning Accident
These preventions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Constant supervision
- Fencing around the pool with a locking gate
- Proper maintenance of pool surroundings
- Flotation devices
- Swimming with someone else
Common Causes of Drowning Accidents
Drowning accidents can be caused by a number of factors such as:
- Inability to swim
- Lack of fencing
- Swimming alone
- Slip and fall accidents
- Consuming alcohol near a pool or body of water
- Experiencing a seizure while swimming
The most common factor in drowning accidents is negligence. If a child or an elderly person is in a pool or in a bathtub, they are usually in the care of a babysitter or caregiver. The person in charge has a duty to care for the person in or near the water. It is important to note that drowning accident deaths can occur in less than a minute and in as little as a foot of water or less.
Types of Drowning Accidents
There are three classified types of drowning accidents:
- Near drowning - This occurs when water is inhaled. There can be impediments to recovery, but recovery is possible.
- Secondary drowning - This occurs when water is inhaled. This ultimately damages the lungs and causes death.
- Drowning - This occurs when water is inhaled and death is brought about by suffocation.
Drowning injuries can range from minor injuries to major injuries depending on the circumstances. Death and developmental impairments can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain for an extended period of time.
Claims Involving Minor Children
When a minor (someone under 18 years of age) has a personal injury claim, in many cases, there is an extra set of procedures that apply to protect the interests of the minor. Specifically, the minor, usually through their attorney, will petition the probate court for approval of the minor settlement. This includes the amount of the settlement, the medical expenses to be paid from the settlement, the attorney's fees and costs, and the net settlement for the minor claimant. A more detailed explanation of this process is explained on our Minor Child Injury Pages.
Claims against Government Agencies or Public Entities
When a government or public employee or agency is negligent and causes an injury, there is a markedly different process involved as compared to a claim against an individual or private business. There is a much shorter time frame to bring a claim and a lawsuit. Therefore, there is an increased urgency to obtain legal counsel to timely submit a claim against a government agency or public entity. A more detailed explanation is available on our Government or Public Entities Claims Pages.
If you or a loved one has experienced a drowning accident, please contact our Drowning Accident Lawyers for a free, personal, and confidential consultation. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at 602-265-6700.
Our attorneys not only work on drowning accident cases but in other Personal Injury areas, as well as auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, product and premises liability, and criminal defense and DUI, so please contact your local Phoenix attorneys for a free consultation.
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