Drowning and near-drowning accidents are complex legal cases always best handled by an experienced personal injury or wrongful death law firm in Denver.
These cases are most commonly pursued under the laws of negligence, which holds at-fault parties responsible for failing to use reasonable care to prevent injury, or premises liability, which seeks to hold property owners, managers or tenants responsible for injury or death caused by dangerous property conditions.
In either case, your Denver drowning attorney must prove:
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 4,000 drowning deaths occur each year in the United States - an average of more than 11 a day. Thousands more suffer near drowning, which can result in uncertain medical outcomes that include brain injury and other long-term medical consequences.
Drowning-related disabilities are life-changing in multiple ways. Medical costs for patients can average $180,000 per year. If there is permanent brain damage or disability, costs can reach $4.5 million during a victim’s lifetime.
These accidents most often result in the serious injury or death of a toddler. Three children ages 1-4 are killed in drowning accidents each day in the United States.
Common causes of drowning injuries in Denver include:
Depending upon the scenario, identifying at-fault parties can be a complex process. For example, an incident in a public river or stream may not involve an obvious at-fault party. However, the same incident while participating in a supervised youth group may result in a claim of negligent supervision against one or more parties.
In addition to identifying all at-fault parties and their insurance companies, your drowning injury attorney must also build a comprehensive case for both current and future damages. This often involves using outside medical and financial experts that can make a complete determination of current and likely future losses associated with a drowning or near drowning.
A personal injury lawsuit is brought by a surviving victim, while a wrongful death lawsuit is brought by surviving family members in accordance with state law and guidelines. A survival action may also be pursued as part of a wrongful death action to recover costs and other damages on behalf of a victim who initially survives but ultimately dies as a result of drowning injuries and other resultant medical complications. Each type of case has unique legal requirements and is best handled from the outset by a drowning injury law firm with the knowledge, experience and resources to win justice for the entire family.
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