Colorado Springs Drowning Accident Lawyer
Representing You After Tragic Loss
Drowning accidents are serious. If the victim survives the accident, he/she
may require hospitalization and extended medical treatment. Even so, extended
submersion can even result in permanent
brain damage and other
catastrophic injuries. At Clawson & Clawson, LLP, our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers
are here to help these victims and their families recover the compensation
that they both need and deserve after drowning and near-drowning incidents.
Let us provide the compassionate service you need for a personal injury
or wrongful death claim:
call (719) 602-5888 to learn how we can help you.
Understanding the Facts: Drowning Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ten
people are killed in drowning accidents every day. Approximately 20% of
drowning victims are less than 14 years old. Sadly, drowning is the fifth
leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the country. The CDC
reports that an average of 3,533 drowning accidents occurred in the U.S.
every year between 2005 and 2009. An additional 347 people died in drowning
accidents that involved boats. In addition to an average of two child
drowning deaths every day, another ten children under the age of 14 are
treated at emergency rooms for near-drowning experience
The CDC reports that most drowning victims receive medical treatment from
an emergency medical facility. In some cases, drowning accident survivors
are left with memory problems, mental disabilities, mild/severe learning
disabilities, or permanent loss of basic functioning. Individuals who
lose "basic functioning ability" may be left in a permanent
vegetative state. Even drowning survivors who fully recover may incur
an overwhelming amount of medical expenses during hospitalization and recovery.
Common Factors in Drowning Accidents
Drowning accidents can be the result of a variety of circumstances. A 2008
survey indicated that
as many as 34% of American adults can't swim. According to the CDC, swimming ability is one of the primary contributing
factors in many drowning accidents. Safety barriers (such as fencing around
pools and other bodies of water) can prevent young children from venturing
into the water alone. Children are 83% less likely to drown in a body
of water that is completely fenced, compared to water pools that are fenced
on three sides.
Supervision is another key factor in water safety. Without adequate supervision,
children are more likely to drown. Although many recreational swimming
areas have lifeguards,
children should remain supervised at all times when playing in the water. Location is another factor in many drowning accidents. According to the
CDC, children are more likely suffer submersion injuries in swimming pools,
while adults are more likely to drown in rivers, lakes, and oceans. 57%
of adult (15+ years old) fatal and nonfatal submersion injuries occur
in natural bodies of water.
The United States Coast Guard reported 4,604 boating accidents in 2010.
Of these accidents, nearly 700 resulted in death. 88% of boating-related
drowning victims in 2010 did not use life vests. Although a life vest
cannot guarantee anyone's safety, it can significantly decrease the
likelihood of a drowning accident. Alcohol consumption is another common
cause of drowning in the United States. The CDC indicates that alcohol
was involved in 79% of adult drowning incidents. A small percentage of
drowning accidents are caused by untreated seizure disorders.
Taking Measures to Avoid Submersion Injuries
Many drowning and submersion injuries (nonfatal drowning incidents) are
preventable. The CDC recommends that all children and adults learn to
swim properly. Swim lessons between the ages of one and four years will
significantly decrease an individual's likelihood of drowning in a
pool or natural water source. Young children are 88% less likely to drown
if they are taught how to swim properly. Additionally, children less than
four years old who can't swim are more likely to drown than any other
Adults can take preventive measure to avoid drowning accidents too. Adults
should be familiar with the body of water that they want to swim in. For
instance, don't swim at a beach unless you know that it doesn't
have strong undercurrents. Lakes and other bodies of water may have sharp
drop-offs and unexpected terrain. Before you swim, make sure that you
understand where the water is shallow, where it is deep, etc. Never swim
alone; only participate in water activities if another adult is nearby.
The CDC recommends a "buddy system" to ensure adult swimming
safety in natural bodies of water.
Do I Have a Drowning Accident Claim?
Accidents happen, but many fatal incidents can be avoided. In fact, some
drowning and submersion injuries are the result of carelessness or negligence.
If you lost a loved one in a preventable drowning accident, you may be
able to recover damages through a drowning accident claim or lawsuit. Like any
personal injury or
wrongful death case, you must be able to prove liability in order to recover damages
in a drowning claim. Our Colorado Springs drowning accident lawyers can
help you establish a case for negligence your drowning accident case.
Contact us today to see what the firm can do for you.
Colorado Springs is home to three public pools:
- Monument Valley Pool
- Portal Pool
- Wilson Ranch Pool
Additionally, the Prospect Lake Beach is open for recreationists to enjoy.
While pools can be fun, slides and deep water can be hazardous. Even shallow
water can result in a child drowning accident. If your loved one drowned
at a public pool, our firm can help you file a personal injury lawsuit.
You don't have to face this challenge alone. Our team is ready to
work by your side to obtain the full and fair compensation that you deserve.
If your loss was the result of negligence at a city pool, call our office today
Consult a Drowning Accident Attorney Today
A person can drown in a matter of minutes. It can happen in public pools
with a lifeguard present, in private pools left unattended, or while boating
on a lake. Not every instance of accidental drowning is a result of the
negligence, but many drowning deaths are preventable through proper safety
measures. After the loss of a loved one in a drowning accident, it is
imperative that you seek the advice of experienced counsel to determine
if the accident could have been prevented, and if so, what safeguards
can be employed to make sure it does not happen to someone else. Our powerhouse
team of personal injury attorneys is ready to provide the skilled and
compassionate legal guidance you need. The Colorado Springs personal injury
attorneys at Clawson & Clawson, LLP can help ensure that the appropriate
parties are held responsible and to help you navigate through this difficult time.
To discuss your case with our team, schedule a
free case evaluation.