Accidents involving water can be extremely dangerous, and sometimes deadly.
Unfortunately, drowning happens more often than you might think. Even
when victims do survive these accidents, their lives are often changed
forever because of long-term harm, such as brain damage from the lack
of oxygen suffered in the incident. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman &
Offutt, our capable injury attorneys have assisted many people from Baltimore
and other Maryland communities in seeking compensation after drowning
accidents. We also have helped grieving families who have lost a loved
one pursue the justice they deserve for their loss.
Asserting Your Rights after a Drowning Accident
Drowning accidents can happen in a variety of places, including private
pools, hotels, parks, beaches, and cruise ships. These claims typically
fall within the premises liability area of injury law because they often
occur due to inadequately maintained or secured property.
Negligence plays a role in many drowning and near-drowning accidents. This
is a legal term for carelessness or recklessness by a person or entity
that causes avoidable harm to someone else.
To prevail in a negligence claim, an injured individual must show the following
- The defendant owed the victim a duty to exercise care;
- The defendant breached that duty with some careless action;
- The defendant’s conduct was the direct cause of the drowning accident; and
- The victim or the victim’s family incurred damages, or quantifiable
costs and losses.
To prove that the breach led directly to the harm, the victim usually needs
to show that the accident would not have happened if the defendant had
adhered to the proper standard of care. The harm also must have been a
reasonably foreseeable result of the breach. The standard of care may
vary in certain instances according to whether the victim was legally
on the property where the accident happened. Property owners owe a greater
duty of care to people who are lawfully on their premises than to trespassers,
except in some situations involving children.
Damages in a negligence lawsuit are designed to put the victim or the victim’s
family in the same position as if the accident had not occurred. Some
of the injuries that may result are devastating and permanent, such as
spinal cord damage or brain trauma.
Typically, an individual who succeeds in a negligence claim will be able
to seek compensation for medical costs, lost income and benefits, rehabilitation
treatment, pain and suffering, and any other economic or non-economic
damages arising from the drowning accident.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s carelessness,
you can potentially seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.
These actions permit surviving family members and dependents to be compensated
for expenses such as funeral and burial costs, loss of earning capacity,
medical expenses, and types of damages based on their relationship to
Enlist a Prince George’s County Attorney to Seek Compensation
While water activities are often fun, they pose a very real danger to people,
especially children. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our knowledgeable
lawyers can guide residents of Prince George’s County through
wrongful death and other accident claims. We represent injured individuals and bereaved
families throughout Maryland.
To learn more,
contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800. We offer all of our prospective
clients a free, no-obligation initial consultation.