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An overview of wrongful death claims for drowning

by | Mar 10, 2017 | Wrongful Death

Drowning is one of the most surprising and devastating ways for a family to lose a loved one. Drowning, unfortunately, is still a common occurrence in the United States. Drowning affects thousands of families a year. But, while all of these accidents result in death, not all of them give rise to legal liability. This post will go over the nuance of investigating and litigating a wrongful death suit over a drowning accident.

You can recover compensation after a drowning accident when the death of your loved one was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of someone else. There are numerous situations in which negligence could arise. Usually, it is a person or entity that is responsible for protecting your loved one. Another typical example is when a person is under an affirmative action to assist, like a lifeguard, and they fail to act to save your loved one or when a pool or hot tub is not adequately fenced to protect children.

Boating accidents are another typical cause of drowning accidents. In these situations, people occasionally drown because they are struck by a boat, jet ski or water ski due to the negligence of the boat operator. Additionally, people are known to drown while operating jet or water skis.

If you lost a loved one in a drowning accident, you might want to consider contacting a lawyer. Wrongful death suits cannot bring back your loved one, but they do stabilize your family?s finances, to give you the chance to grieve on your terms. A lawyer can shoulder the burden of investigating and arguing the case on your behalf, to ensure that you don?t need to confront these issues any more than necessary. You don?t need to go this alone; an attorney can lend a helping hand.