Representing Victims Of Drowning Accidents

Drowning accidents are extremely serious issues, and it is important to understand the effects of these accidents as well as the types of causes which warrant a personal injury lawsuit. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligent acts of another, then you may be entitled to collect damages from the negligent individual to cover various costs of recovery for your injuries or the injuries of your loved one.

Two Common Causes Of Drowning Accidents And Injuries

There are many different ways for drowning accidents to occur; however, two of the more common causes include:

Boating accidents – New York City is an area that is densely populated and surrounded by beaches and other bodies of water. There are many registered boating vehicles in this area, and therefore, there are many residents who enjoy boating as a form of recreation. There are many different laws that apply to boaters in this area such as operating a boat while drinking, wearing proper safety equipment and many others.

When these laws are violated, the results can often be catastrophic; an individual's attention, or ability to safely operate a boat can be significantly impaired by alcohol, and the results can be serious. In a boating accident, passengers may suffer impact injuries which render them unable to swim to safety if thrown from the boat. This, sadly, will most often result in a drowning accident.

Swimming pool accidents – Throughout this city, there are numerous apartments and gyms which contain swimming pools for exercise and/or recreation. In addition, there are many private pools as well. There are strict rules regarding safety parameters and lifeguards to ensure the safety of those who use these pools. When a property owner or other individual acts negligently, the results can often be deadly.

Some accidents may be caused by diving into an area that is too shallow, or a young individual wandering into an unprotected swimming area. The latter of the two is a serious matter as the property owner may be in violation of certain laws.

Oxygen Deprivation Can Result In Many Problems

One of the more common types of injuries suffered in a drowning accident is brain hypoxia. This is a serious injury caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. The results of this kind of injury can include all of the following depending on the severity of the injury:

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty learning
  • Lack of motor skills
  • Coma
  • Death

You Have Only Three Years To Pursue Compensation

Even if your injury was suffered a number of years ago, a New York City personal injury attorney from Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, may be able to assist in your situation. The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in the state of New York is three years. This means that you have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit to pursue damages.

When you choose to work with our firm, you can be sure that we will stand by you from start to finish of your case and we will aggressively pursue the results that you need for your future. Our firm has more than 60 years of combined experience in legal practice, and we will put this experience to work for you if you choose us as your legal representation.

Contact our office today to schedule a free initial consultation: 212-571-7171.