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As families and friends gather around the pool or lake this summer, it is important to remember that drowning accidents are a danger that can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. In some cases, these tragedies can be the result of someone’s negligence, whether it be a lifeguard who wasn’t paying attention, an adult who failed to provide proper supervision for children in the water, or improper fencing or signage around a pool. No matter what the circumstances may have been leading to a drowning accident, its consequences are devastating for everyone involved.

It is important for those affected by such an incident to know they are not alone. There may be legal options available to seek justice on behalf of your loved ones. In this blog, we will discuss the common causes of drowning accidents, when negligence may be present in these cases, and how a legal consultation may help you and your family move forward.

When Negligence is Involved in Drowning Accidents

Drowning accidents are frequently caused by someone’s carelessness or negligence. When this is the case, families may have legal recourse to seek justice in the form of compensation for their lost loved one.

Negligence can take many forms, including but not limited to:

  • A lifeguard who failed to properly monitor swimmers or intervene when a child was struggling in the water
  • An adult who was supposed to be supervising children in and around the pool area and didn’t
  • Improper fencing or lack of safety features surrounding an outdoor pool
  • Poor maintenance of water quality at a public swimming facility
  • Negligent operation of boats or other motorized vehicles in or around swimming areas
  • Property owners not warning visitors about dangerous conditions (such as strong currents)
  • Diving boards not inspected for structural integrity

These are just some of the scenarios in which negligence could be present. If you or someone you know has been affected by a drowning accident, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible to determine if a case for negligence can be made.

Seeking Justice After a Drowning Accident

When negligence is present in a drowning incident, the family of the victim may be able to pursue legal action against any party whose reckless or careless conduct contributed to the tragedy. A wrongful death lawsuit may allow survivors to seek justice and compensation for their loss, including financial assistance for medical bills that piled up because of the accident, as well as damages for pain and suffering. In addition, pursuing a civil suit may help hold negligent parties accountable, which could prevent future accidents.

If you have lost someone due to another person’s negligence, you don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. The experienced attorneys at Clawson & Clawson, LLP can provide the legal guidance you need during this trying period in your life. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping those affected by drowning accidents seek justice and closure, so they can begin their journey of healing.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by a drowning accident, contact us online or call us at (719) 602-5888 today for a free consultation about your case.