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How do I sue over a swimming accident?

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Personal InjuryHow do I sue over a swimming accident?

A person can sue over a swimming accident by filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the owner of the pool, spa or other swimming venue where the injury occurred. Many people find that the best way to do this is with the help of a personal injury lawyer with experience in fighting for the rights of victims of swimming accidents. There are many different laws surrounding premise liability issues when it comes to injuries that occur at both public and private pools. An experienced law firm will know how to navigate the often confusing waters of the laws that govern your swimming accident.

Cohen & Cohen, P.C. has over 30 years of experience in defending swimming accident victims and their family’s rights. If you would like to discuss the details of your particular situation, give us a call so that we can hear your story and give you a free case evaluation. Someone is available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Swimming accidents are unfortunately common, especially among children. An unfortunate number of swimming accident victims suffer from lifelong medical problems because of the accident, and a sad number of them die because of the event itself or because of injury related complications in the days, weeks, and months following a serious accident.

It does not matter whether a swimming accident occurred in a public or private swimming venue. A victim of a swimming accident may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Pool owners take on a big responsibility when they become such because of the strict laws and regulations that dictate pool safety a pool owner needs to be in compliance with at all times. If a pool owner is negligent in their duty to maintain a safe pool environment, they may be liable for a pool visitor’s injuries.

Most swimming pool accident claims divide compensation into economic and non-economic damages. The economic damages are usually quantifiable and often fall into one of the following categories of cost:

  • Ambulance & EMT services
  •  Medical bills
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescription medication
  •  Loss of wages
  • Loss of child care and/or household management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nursing home or in-home care
  • Modified housing
  • Loss of child care and/or household management

Non-economic damages that are valid claims even though they are harder to calculate definitively include but are not limited to:

  •  Pain and suffering
  • Mental suffering and anguish
  • Emotional suffering and anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium (the loss of a spouse)
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Loss of sibling companionship

In addition to economic and non-economic damages, a victim of a swimming accident (and their family) may also be awarded punitive damages. This is money that may be awarded to specifically punish the defendendent for their negligent, reckless, or malicious behavior.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming accident, or if someone close to you died as the result of a swimming accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. To find a reliable lawyer who may be able to guide you through this process, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C., today.

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