Drowning Accidents: Who Is Responsible?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning. Drowning is the 5th leading cause of unintentional injury death in the country. While some drowning accidents are no one’s fault, such as being caught in an undertow, there are some cases where a property owner should have been more diligent in warning people of the potential danger.

For example, if a homeowner has a pool in his or her backyard, but doesn’t put a fence all around the pool, he or she would be liable if a child fell into the pool and drowned. Likewise, if an aquatic amusement park failed to keep a barrier between the public and an exhibit, the owner of the park would be liable if someone fell into a pool and was injured.

Depending on the circumstances, a victim or a victim’s family could only sue someone if he or she could have reasonably prevented the accident with more diligence. A person would have to demonstrate an owner was negligent in his or her duty of care to whoever was on his or her property, and that negligence led directly to a person’s injury.

If you or a loved one were harmed in a drowning accident, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our skilled New York City premises liability attorneys can take a look at the details of the situation and offer an experienced legal opinion about whether or not you were injured as the result of negligence. Let us see what we can do to help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or even wrongful death. Our compassionate lawyers have more than 100 years of combined legal experience to offer your case.

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