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Unintentional drowning and near-drowning accidents devastate the lives
of thousands of families each year. As the fifth leading cause of unintentional
injury death in the U.S., according to the CDC, drowning accidents can
affect anyone. However, children and toddlers face the greatest risks
of drowning fatalities and near-drowning injuries.
While drowning and near-drowning are tragic accidents, some may involve
legal liability. This does not mean that drowning was intentional, but
rather that the negligence of individuals or entities led to the drowning
or near-drowning incident. When negligence plays a role in a water-related
death or injury, victims and families may have the right to seek justice
and financial compensation by pursuing a
personal injury or
wrongful death lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a near-drowning accident,
or if you have lost a loved one due to drowning, you can find the support
and representation you need with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. Our award-winning DC lawyers have helped thousands of clients throughout
Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC following preventable accidents,
and have leveraged our experience and resources to help them recover millions
of dollars in compensation.
Why Choose CSCS?
- Over $250 Million in Compensation Recovered
- More Than 90 Years of Collective Experience
- Licensed in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
- Three Partners Recognized by DC Super Lawyers® (2011-2017)
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Drowning Risks & Children
Drowning and near-drowning have consistently been a leading cause of unintentional
injury and death nationwide, especially among young children. Drownings
and near-drownings also increase significantly during summer months. These
accidents can occur in a variety of settings, including private and public
swimming pools, bathtubs, and natural bodies of water.
Drowning – According to statistics from the CDC, drowning accounts for roughly
10 deaths every day in the U.S., with roughly half of these deaths involving
children 14 and younger. Children ages 4 and younger have the highest
risks of drowning, particularly in bathtubs and swimming pools. In fact,
drowning causes more deaths among toddlers ages 1-4 than any other cause
aside from birth defects
Near-Drowning – Near-drowning incidents are drowning incidents that do not result
in death, but which still require medical attention. As with drowning,
young children are most at risk of suffering near-drowning and submersion
injuries, which can cause serious harm due to oxygen deprivation. Nonfatal
drowning injuries often result in severe brain injuries that can cause
Although children have the highest rates of injury and death in unintentional
drowning and near-drowning incidents, people of all ages can become drowning
victims. For example, more than half of all fatal and nonfatal drowning
accidents among victims ages 15 and older occur in natural bodies of water.
Regardless of age, drowning risks increase when individuals lack sufficient
swimming ability, injure themselves while diving, fail to wear life jackets,
or when there is negligent or inadequate supervision.
Drowning & Legal Liability
Drowning and near-drowning are always tragic accidents, but some are preventable
if not for negligence. When it comes to drowning and legal liability,
there are several factors that come into play, one of which is premises
Premises liability requires property owners to ensure potential hazards on their premises
are reasonably addressed, and that they provide safe conditions for visitors
and guests. When they fail to do so as a result of negligence, they can
potentially be held liable for harm suffered by victims.
Negligence can play a role in preventable drowning and near-drowning accidents
in a number of ways, and in a number of settings, including bathtubs,
beaches, lakes, and swimming pools at a private residence, HOA community,
or public facility:
- Negligent supervision by swimming pool owners, instructors, or lifeguards
- Inadequately trained counsellors, instructors, or lifeguards
- Lack of lifeguard on duty
- Lack of adequate pool fencing or gates, or defective gates
- Design or manufacturing deaths of pool or spa equipment
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Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has helped thousands of
clients throughout the DC Metro area following preventable accidents,
including drowning accidents and injuries involving children. In even
the most difficult cases, our legal team has leveraged decades of combined
experience and the expertise of National Board of Trial Advocacy Board
Certified Civil Trial Attorneys Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel to
hold negligent parties liable for serious injuries and death. Over the
years, our insight, skill, and resources have allowed us to secure millions
of dollars in compensation for our clients.
To discuss a potential case with a Washington, DC drowning accident attorney,
contact us today.