When an individual drowns, it can be an incredibly emotional moment for the family and friends of the person who has passed away. In the aftermath of a person’s death, there may be a lot of questions that need to be answered as well as final expenses to take care of. You may be able to make a hard time a little easier by talking to a Houston drowning accident lawyer.
At The Doan Law Firm, PLLC, our Houston personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan and his legal team are prepared to do whatever it takes to make this situation easier on you and your loved ones by fighting for the just compensation you deserve in your stead. Loved ones of a recently deceased person shouldn’t be forced to endure the stress of costly funeral and other expenses on their own while also managing a legal case. Let us take the burden off your shoulders by handling the legal side of your claim so you can spend this time with the people closest to you.
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After losing someone due to a drowning or sustaining injuries in a near-drowning incident, you need assistance from an attorney who is not afraid to take on at-fault parties.
There are certainly some locations that present higher risks of drowning than others. However, the highest risk locations for drowning vary by age.
It is crucial to point out that, just because some age ranges have riskier locations for drownings than others, all parents and guardians should watch out for their children when they are around bodies of water. Any person entering the water needs to be aware of the risks associated with that particular type of water, regardless of their age. There are risks in swimming pools, just like there are risks in the oceans or lakes. We encourage the use of various flotation devices for individuals of all ages, particularly children who are just learning to swim.
If you happen to have an open body of water on your property or around your property, please be aware that your children will be naturally drawn to this body of water. They do not understand the dangers associated with going under the surface, and this could lead to tragedy.
That person technically “drowns” if they suffer respiratory impairment caused by being submerged in liquid. Individuals can also “drown” in a non-body of water if enough liquid is inhaled into the respiratory system. However, not all drownings are fatal. Even though many victims do not survive, there are those who survive drowning incidents, but they may be left with life-changing injuries.
A near-drowning refers to a situation where a person does actually drown but is resuscitated and survives. When an individual is unable to breathe for any length of time, this deprives the brain of oxygen. If the brain does not have oxygen for more than a few minutes, this can lead to significant brain damage, even after a person is resuscitated.
A secondary drowning occurs when an individual inhales water due to struggling in the water. This often occurs with swimmers in distress. Individuals may survive the initial experience only to suffer the effects of water inhalation later, sometimes up to 24 to 48 hours after the initial incident.
The first question that you will want to answer is why your loved one drowned in the first place. In part, you will want an answer to help you get closure as well as to determine if negligence played a role in the drowning. If the drowning was just an accident, it is unlikely that you will be entitled to compensation on behalf of the deceased.
However, if negligence did play a role in the accident, our Houston wrongful death attorney will make sure that any liable party or parties are held liable for their actions.
For instance, if a camp counselor wasn’t watching your child when they drowned in a pool, the counselor, the camp, and any third party tasked with acting as a lifeguard could be held liable. If a family member drowned after a boating accident, the owner of the boat could be held liable if there were no life vests on board. The government may also be held responsible if they didn’t get to your loved one quickly enough after he or she went overboard or if other protocols weren’t followed for any reason.
There are various mechanisms under the law and in the court system that can help determine liability for a drowning incident. There are various routes to examine, including the liability of a property owner, management company, product manufacturer, or another party. Every drowning or near-drowning case is different, so determining liability must involve an extensive investigation into the incident.
You may be able to get compensation for any medical bills that your loved one incurred before they passed. Compensation for final expenses such as having a funeral or performing a cremation might be part of a settlement as well.
There is a good chance that the deceased lost out on many years or decades of earning potential because of his or her untimely death. Therefore, it may be possible for a family to be compensated for those lost future earnings. Additional amounts may be added to that figure to help a minor child or another dependent of the deceased to live the lifestyle that he or she would have had the individual never passed.
Punitive damages may also be part of a settlement or a jury verdict, and such damages may be more likely if a corporate or government entity was liable for the death. However, there is no guarantee that this will happen in your case or that any specific types of compensation will be awarded without knowing the facts of the case.
To summarize, depending on the facts of your specific case, you may be able to receive compensation for:
There are many ways in which a drowning accident attorney may be able to help an individual get the compensation that he or she is entitled to. First, legal counsel may make sure that a case is filed before the statute of limitations expires, which is two years from the accident. If the case is not filed by the time this statute expires, it may not be possible to have it heard or for a victim to obtain compensation.
In the event that a person would rather settle the case, an attorney will work as hard as possible to make sure that this happens in a timely manner. However, we do always build claims strong enough to hold up in court should trial be necessary.
Your Houston drowning accident attorney is your advocate throughout the entire course of your case. They will be there to hear your concerns or provide advice as necessary in an honest and straightforward way. It is critical to note that you are always in control of your case and how it is handled. Your attorney is there to honor your wishes and ensure that you get as favorable an outcome as possible regardless of how you choose to resolve it.
In the event you lose a loved one due to a drowning incident, and if you believe that another individual or entity is responsible for the drowning, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one. In the state of Texas, a surviving spouse, child, parent, or one of those individuals on behalf of the rest is allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit in court.
If any of those individuals fail to file a wrongful death claim within three months from the date of death, then the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file the claim unless all of the eligible surviving family members have specifically requested that the wrongful death lawsuit not be filed.
A successful wrongful death claim could provide the compensation a grieving family needs to help adjust to a new way of life without their loved one. This can include lost wages, loss of value of household services, along with the loss of companionship, love, comfort, and society the deceased can no longer provide.
You don’t have to pay for your consultation, for any expert witnesses, or for any other costs that may come up during the course of your case. We can also work with your doctor or other service providers to make sure that you don’t have to pay outstanding bills until you get your settlement money. This way you won’t owe anything unless we win a fair settlement for your case.
If you need a drowning accident lawyer in Houston, contact The Doan Law Firm today. Our address is 1 Riverway Drive, Suite 2500 Houston, Texas 77056, and you can talk to us anytime during normal business hours. We also provide emergency 24/7 services, so please don’t hesitate to reach out no matter what the time or day.
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