Summertime is in full swing in Louisiana and much of the rest of the country, and millions will be seeking respite from the heat and humidity by cooling off in pools and other bodies of water. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of deaths and injuries result from accidental drownings and submersion injuries that are caused by negligence and carelessness. Even worse is that approximately one quarter of these deaths or injuries occur in children 14 and under. The injuries that can occur due to submersion can be severe and include memory loss, learning disabilities, permanent brain damage, and can even leave victims in a permanent vegetative state. If negligence or carelessness leads to the wrongful death by drowning or serious injuries, then the victim’s family can seek damages against the responsible party. At the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, our experienced personal injury attorneys can inform you of your options if you or a loved one were injured or died as a result of an accidental drowning or submersion injury.
Accidental Drowning Liability – New Orleans, LA
When a drowning accident occurs, the property owners or managers could be held liable and may be subjected to legal action as a result of the injury or death. Compensation can include damages from medical bills, hospitalization, therapy bills, funeral expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and even punitive damages. The ideal solution to legal issues of this nature is the prevention of drowning deaths and submersion injuries. The following precautions should be taken on any property with pools, hot tubs, ponds, or other water hazards that could endanger the lives or safety of children and adults:
- Adult Supervision is absolutely required while children of any age are swimming or playing in or near bodies of water.
- In-ground and above ground pools and hot tubs should be properly fenced or otherwise enclosed to prevent unintentional access by small children.
- Buckets, tubs, and 5-gallon pails should be removed from areas where children frequent.
- Children should never be left unattended while in water for any amount of time whatsoever.
- Gates and locks should be properly maintained and inspected to ensure that they are safely functioning
Public areas such as beaches, rivers, dams, and pools must have visible warnings of possible dangers of drowning, strong currents, or rip tides. Failure to post these warnings in visible areas could result in injuries or death by drowning or submersion. At the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, we advocate seeking legal action against responsible parties in accidental drowning deaths or submersion injuries to help prevent the reoccurence of similar tragedies in the future. We know what it takes to successfully litigate your accidental drowning and submersion injury case in order to achieve your desired results.
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If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accidental drowning or submersion injury, we know that it must be incredibly difficult and trying time for your entire family. Negligence, carelessness, and failure to maintain a safe premises can easily contribute to an accidental drowning injury or death. Young children are the most susceptible age group for accidental drowning deaths and injuries and must be protected. If you or a loved one has been injured or has died as a result of an accidental drowning, then you should contact the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara to schedule a free case review and consultation with our expert personal injury attorneys today!