Drowning and near-drowning personal injury attorneys in West Palm Beach, Florida

Accident attorney West Palm Beach There is nothing more tragic than the loss of a child or loved one from drowning. If you are a parent who has lost a child due to drowning, you have experienced pain that many people will never have to feel in an entire lifetime. If you lost a child due to an accident that could have been prevented (or avoided altogether), then your pain is only compounded. In the United States, drowning is the second most common cause of death for all children under the age of fourteen. An estimated 1,150 children die annually in drowning accidents. In addition, 5,000 children suffer permanent injury due to drowning-related accidents.

West Palm Beach drowning accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. are here for you if you have lost a child or loved one due to someone else's negligence. The persons or companies responsible must be held accountable for their actions or inaction.

If you lost a relative, whether a child or an adult, in a drowning accident, we can help you recover monetary compensation for a variety of losses including loss of future income, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. Regardless of the age of the drowning victim, if it could have been prevented, you need legal representation.

Causes of Drowning Accidents

Most accidental drownings take place in swimming pools. In fact, swimming pool accidents account for most of the serious injuries among children. Injuries in swimming pool near-drownings can cause serious, long-term consequences such as brain damage. Some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents and drownings include, but are not limited to:

  • Lack of supervision
  • Slipping/falling
  • Improperly built equipment
  • Improper maintenance
  • Lack of lifeguard on duty
  • Deep water not being clearly marked
  • Diving into the shallow end
  • Failure to follow applicable laws, ordinances, or regulations

Sadly, lack of supervision is the number one cause, by far, of pool drownings, and that's why legal representation is necessary. Had proper supervision occurred, the drowning would most likely not have occurred. For this reason, the families of the victim are entitled to financial compensation for wrongful death or serious personal injury (in the rare case when the victim survives).

Lack of a lifeguard is another cause of many near-drownings and actual drownings. Depending on the applicable law, whether you are at a public pool, lake, or on the beach in Florida, a lifeguard must be on duty to protect all swimmers during certain hours of operation. We can only advise you after we know the exact circumstances of the drowning accident your family experienced. Simply put, if you lost a loved one due to a lifeguard not being on duty, you are often entitled to financial compensation.

If you live in the West Palm Beach area of Florida and have lost a loved one to drowning, please contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation so we may hear the details of your case.

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