Horrific Consequences of a Los Angeles Drowning Accident Involving a Child
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Lazy days around the pool or at the beach represent an idyllic way to spend leisure time in Los Angeles. With alarming regularity, adults and children are seriously injured and even killed in LA drowning accidents each year. These tragic events happen with such frequency that unless a celebrity, or a celebrity’s child, is the victim, Los Angelenos tend to be unaware of such an accident. The sad, shocking reality is that a Los Angeles drowning accident lawyer, like the legal team at The Doan Law Firm, are kept busy fighting for the rights of individuals and families that suffer unthinkable losses because of pool accidents.
Children and Los Angeles Pool Drowning Accidents
Over 3,500 people die annually in the United States in drowning accidents, many of which occur in pools, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of that number, about 700 victims are children who are 14 years old or younger. In addition to children who are killed in drowning accidents another 3,500 are admitted to emergency departments suffering from submersion injuries. Of that group of kids, approximately 1,900 are admitted to the hospital for more extensive care and treatment.
Wrongful Death and Los Angeles Child Pool Drowning Accidents
Parents who lose a child in a drowning accident caused by the negligence of another party can pursue what is known as a Los Angeles drowning accident wrongful death case. A Los Angeles drowning accident lawyer from our firm can explain in detail how this type of wrongful death claim is pursued.
There is no way to come close to fully compensating a parent for the loss of a child. When a child dies in a drowning accident, grieving parents may be entitled to compensation that includes:
- Medical expenses related to accident
Loss of love, community, attention, affection, moral support, and guidance
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
A parent has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in a case involving the drowning death of a child. The insurance claims settlement process itself commences directly after the accident. These realities underscore the need to retain qualified, tenacious legal counsel directly after the wrongful death of a child.
Children and Pool Drowning Traumatic Brain Injuries
In addition to children who are killed in drowning accidents that arise from someone else’s negligence, many kids involved in an LA pool accident suffer traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury occurs when some sort of externa force damages brain tissue, according to the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center. In most situations, a traumatic brain injury is the result of some type of violent blow to a victim’s head.
In the case of a traumatic brain injury stemming from a pool drowning incident, the damage is likely to be the result of oxygen deprivation. With that said, there are pool accidents in which a child or adult suffers a brain injury because of a blow to the head, usually caused by diving into a pool.
Non-fatal traumatic brain injuries can result in significant long-term disability. These include:
- Memory problems
- Learning disabilities
- Partial physical disability
- Total loss of limb functionality (quadriplegia)
- Permanent loss of basic functioning (permanent vegetative state)
Compassionate Legal Representation
A Los Angeles drowning accident lawyer from our firm is more that just a skilled, experienced, tenacious fighter. Each member of our legal team understands that legal counsel is an attorney and counselor at law. We understand the vital importance of compassionate representation when a parent faces the prospect of obtaining justice following the death of a child.
You can schedule an appointment with us any time that is convenient for you. Call us any time, day or night, at (424) 334-0000. We can schedule a consultation with you at our office or at your home.
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