What should I do if my child drowned because of a swimming accident?
If your child drowned because of a swimming accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who knows how to deal with this kind of tragedy. Losing anyone you love suddenly, is a horrible experience. Losing a child is something that no one should ever have to go through but unfortunately, people do. Drowning accidents can be especially tragic because very often, they could have been prevented had it not been for the negligence of another person (or party).
At Cohen & Cohen, we do not believe that people who have to go through what you are going through, should have to go through it alone. We also know from experience, that many people who are grieving are thinking about their loss and the many horrible realities that go with it but they often do not think about their rights and the rights of their deceased little one. If you think your little one died because of someone else’s neglect in the maintenance, upkeep, and safety of their pool, spa, lake, or river recreation area, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for the loss of your loved one. One of the members of our dedicated legal team is available to listen to the details of your story and to give you a free case evaluation. The unexpected death of a child can bring many unknowns. While Cohen & Cohen cannot bring your child back, we can try to protect your and your family’s rights, and to give you counsel on what to expect while being with you every step of the way. Someone is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Drowning can happen in any body of water including small ones such as spas, and in kiddy pools, bathtubs, and other places where a child’s nose and mouth may be covered in as little as a few inches of water. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths among children one to four years of age. Swimming related drowning is the second leading cause of deaths among children ages one to 14 years old. If your child drowned in a swimming related accident, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and for your loss.
It does not matter whether or not the pool your child drowned in was public or private, pool owners are responsible for protecting the safety of people who use the pool, even if an injured visitor did not have the express invitation from the owner to be on his or her property. Negligence often plays a part in drowning whether it is from a lack of proper supervision or a problem with the facilities themselves. Many people who are grieving over the loss of a child who may not have drowned were it not for someone else’s negligence, find it helpful to discuss their situation with a lawyer who is licensed to practice in the state where the accident occurred. If you think you may be in a need of a lawyer, contact the compassionate team at Cohen & Cohen, today.