Drowning Accidents

Drowning & Swimming Pool Accidents

Sadly, many drowning accidents result from negligence, and if your suffering and loss was caused by the careless or wrongful actions of another person, you may be able to seek justice and compensation through a premises liability claim. As a competent Philadelphia injury attorney, Thomas J. Murphy can help you in your time of need. With his experience and knowledge in this field of law, this talented lawyer's law firm can provide you with the legal representation and support that will help you work toward a brighter future.

Who is liable for a drowning accident?

What are some potential grounds for a drowning accident or swimming pool accident claim? Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, it is possible that the family or the injured party may be able to seek damages under certain situations, such as:

  • Manufacturing or design defects in a swimming pool or spa
  • Defective installation of or failure to install a gate or safety fence around a pool
  • Negligence on the part of a lifeguard, teacher, or other party responsible for swimmers
  • Boating accident caused by a negligent boat operator
  • Pool owner negligence

The Tragic Facts and Statistics

  • From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal drowning accidents; additionally, 347 people died each year from boat-related drowning accidents
  • Approximately 1 out of every 5 drowning victims are children aged 14 and younger
  • For every child who dies by drowning, it is estimated that another 5 children are treated in the emergency department for nonfatal submersion injuries
  • Males are most at risk of drowning, and account for almost 80% of all victims
  • Children from the ages of 1 to 4 have the highest rates of drowning

Compensation for Drowning Accidents

The particular party that may be held accountable may vary depending on the unique case. Whether a swimming pool accident, boating accident or other incident that occurs on or near the water, it is important to involve an attorney with the resources and experience to properly handle your case. Having a professional to represent your interests and communicate your side of the story can make a difference in the outcome of your case and your ability to seek justice. To learn more about your options and what we can do to help you, contact a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr today.