Drowning and Near Drowning: Holding Companies Accountable
According to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, accidental drowning incidents claim the lives of more than 3,500 people nationwide each year. In 2014, nearly 400 unintentional drowning accidents occurred in the state of Florida alone. Many of the victims of these tragic accidents were young children. These statistics highlight the need for greater safety measures in public places and private residences. The law firm of Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead can provide support for Florida victims and families after drowning or near-drowning accidents. By enlisting the help of these knowledgeable professionals, clients can ensure the most effective representation when seeking fair compensation for personal injuries, product liability, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.
Determining Fault in Drowning Cases
In many instances, the owners and operators of the locations in which drowning or near-drowning incidents occur are liable for these accidents. Some of the most common contributing factors found in drowning cases include the following:
- Defective equipment in pools and spas
- Failure to post warning signs
- Lack of warning regarding known hazards of swimming in publicly accessible areas
- On fishing, tour and dive boats, failing to provide flotation devices for all passengers during their excursions
- Failure to secure residential swimming pools to prevent access by children, including the installation of fences, locks and gates
- Lack of qualified lifeguards in public or private swimming areas
- Failure to provide adequate or effective lifesaving equipment
If a drowning or near drowning event takes place at a hotel, resort, public swimming pool or apartment complex, contacting Richard Abramowitz or one of the other knowledgeable attorneys at Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead can ensure that these corporate entities are held responsible for their negligence in failing to protect the welfare of their guests or residents.
Near Drowning and Medical Costs
In cases where drowning victims are rescued within two minutes of their initial distress, most recover with few or no ill effects. Submersion times of 10 minutes or more, however, nearly always result in the death of the victim. For drowning victims who are deprived of oxygen for between two and 10 minutes, serious damage to brain tissue and function can occur. The long-term results of these incidents can take a considerable toll on families both emotionally and financially.
At Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead, we are committed to providing you and your family with the most effective representation in cases of accidental drowning or near drowning. We pursue your case to ensure that the parties responsible for these tragic accidents are held accountable for their negligence and that you receive fair compensation for your losses. By retaining the services of Richard Abramowitz and the Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead team, you can enjoy greater peace of mind throughout your legal proceedings.