Drowning Death or Near-Drowning Injuries?

Attorney David A. Sims Represents Families of Drowning and Near-Drowning Victims

Have you recently lost a family member to a drowning death or are you caring for a loved one with near-drowning injuries? If so, contact Attorney David A. Sims. Attorney David A. Sims represents families of drowning and near-drowning victims to claim the financial compensation necessary to cover the medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering costs associated with these tragic losses.

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. While we regret that we cannot bring your loved one back to you, we will work hard to get you all of the compensation that the law allows for your claim or lawsuit. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. 80% of victims are males, and negligence is frequently involved. An extremely small amount of water is required for drowning to occur.


Causes of Drowning Include Inadequate Fencing and Supervision and Defective Equipment

Drowning can occur very quickly and quietly in:

  • Bathtubs
  • Beaches
  • Boats
  • Buckets
  • Hotel and Public Swimming Pools
  • Private Swimming Pools
  • Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans
  • Water Parks

The main causes of drowning include:

  • Drug and Alcohol Use near Water
  • Failure to Wear Proper Protective Gear
    (Life Jackets)
  • Inadequate or Broken Fencing/Barriers to Pool Access
  • Inadequate Supervision
  • Poor Swimming Skills
  • Poorly Maintained or Defective Drains, Pumps, & Other Pool Equipment
  • Rip Tides and Dangerous Water Conditions
  • Seizure Disorders

Drowning deaths can be prevented. Swimmers should always use the “buddy system” and be alert for impending dangerous water situations. Young children should be within the direct line of site of the supervising adult and no further than arm’s length at all times while in water. Negligent drowning is the number one cause of death for children from the ages of one to four.

Unfortunately, most individuals who begin to internalize water into their lungs do not survive and end up dying by drowning. In the rare cases when these individuals are discovered and pulled from the water before death sets in, brain death from oxygen deprivation has usually already begun. For these unfortunate victims, brain damage and its effects will remain with them for the rest of their lives.


Drowning Rescue

Side effects from near-drowning events
may include:

  • Brain Damage
  • Chemical Imbalances
  • Hypothermia
  • Lung Damage
    (Pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, etc.)
  • Organ Damage
  • Permanent Vegetative State

Many of these individuals typically require round-the-clock intensive care by trained personnel, and in some cases, intensive care (breathing, feeding, and hygiene assistance) for the rest of their lives.


Representing Families of Victims in the Mid-Ohio and North-Central Regions of West Virginia

If you or a loved one has been victimized by a near drowning injury or drowning as a result of poorly maintained barriers or equipment or other negligence, call my office and we will discuss representing your claim. We will work tirelessly to get you the full compensation that you deserve. Our law firm assists families of victims in the Mid-Ohio and North-Central regions of West Virginia.

Call the law office of Attorney David A. Sims today
for your free initial consultation: (304) 428-5291.