Pool drowning accidents are tragedies. However, fatal and nonfatal drownings that could have been prevented are not only tragedies—they are grounds for a legal case. Surviving victims or surviving family members of fatal drowning victims can pursue compensation from the negligent parties.
A Tacoma, WA pool drowning lawyer from Van Law can determine whether your case was preventable (the result of careless action or inaction). From there, our swimming pool injury attorneys can build an argument for compensation.
Our Pool Drowning Lawyers Offer Support, Resources, and Clarity
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of death for young children in the United States. Yet, drowning cases can affect all ages and backgrounds. All it takes is poor pool maintenance, lack of signage, or other forms of negligence to cause serious injury or even a fatality.
A form of premises liability, drowning cases are sometimes complicated by property owners attempting to blame victims or point the finger at someone else. Surviving victims or family members are also frequently overwhelmed by the paperwork required just to receive compensation.
Our pool accident attorneys can alleviate some of this pressure and confusion by:
- Assisting you with insurance claim filings, talking to adjusters, and negotiating for an appropriate settlement
- Identifying liable parties and creating a plan to hold them accountable, doing the work while you recover
- Taking stock of losses related to your case, including out-of-pocket expenses and projected future losses
- Remaining available or even visiting you at home if you cannot come to our office
- Refusing to take payment unless we win your case, so you aren’t saddled with additional financial worries
We Handle Multiple Types of Pool Drowning Cases
The team at Van Law can investigate and represent victims and family members of victims in pool accidents at:
- Private homes
- Hotels and resorts
- Public pools
- Recreational clubs
While negligence can play a role in drownings at any of these locations, each might require a different approach to pursue damages. For instance, cases involving public pools may require going up against a government entity, while apartment complexes can involve large companies and their insurance representatives.
Our pool drowning attorneys in Tacoma, WA know what is necessary to pursue each type of case.
We Can Identify the Liable Party
After an accident like this, it’s natural for families not to know who to hold responsible. Let us identify liable parties. Possibilities include:
- Property owners who failed to secure or properly maintain the pool, or put up warnings
- Pool maintenance companies whose failures caused slips and falls into the pool or who left gates open
- Pool designers and installers who made design flaws or installation errors
- Homeowners’ associations, apartment complexes, or resorts that failed to maintain, secure, or warn about the pool area
- Coaches, teachers, and school districts that did not have adequate safety measures around school pools
- Municipalities that failed to maintain, secure, or warn about public pool areas
There may be several parties liable for the same case. For instance, a design flaw at a club pool may have caused you or your loved one to fall in, and lack of proper supervision could have caused the drowning. In that case, both the pool designer and the club are potentially responsible.
To determine whose action or inaction caused the accident, we can review security footage, talk to witnesses, and even consult pool experts.
For a free legal consultation with a pool drowning lawyer serving Tacoma, call (725) 900-9000
We Hold Negligent Parties Accountable After a Tacoma Pool Drowning
We can catalog all of your losses and determine whether settlement offers provide appropriate compensation.
We can pursue many damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
Fatal Drowning Accidents
Child or adult, a fatal pool drowning accident leaves behind shocked and grieving families. Compensation can’t replace what they meant to you, but these damages can acknowledge your suffering and theirs, and perhaps even provide a sense of closure.
In your Tacoma, WA case, our pool drowning attorneys can pursue compensation for:
- End-of-life care and medical bills
- Future income losses
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of spousal support
- Loss of companionship
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. A lawyer from our firm can gently guide you through the legal tasks of this incredibly difficult time.
Nonfatal Drowning Injuries
Not all drowning accidents are fatal, and injuries can vary widely. The most severe are anoxic brain injuries caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. As the Shepherd Center points out, these can affect anything from balance to communication to mood.
Because nonfatal drowning injuries exist on a spectrum, we tailor compensation to each victim. We can pursue damages to cover:
- Emergency expenses
- Surgeries and hospitalizations
- Rehabilitation and therapies
- Medication and medical equipment
- At-home or long-term care
- Past and future lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
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Our Pool Accident Attorneys Can Determine When You Need to File a Lawsuit
In Tacoma, WA drowning cases, the deadline for both personal injury and wrongful death is three years according to RCW § 4.16.080. To help preserve evidence and start building a case before the filing deadline, it may be a good idea to obtain legal services right away.
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Van Law Offers Free Consultations for Tacoma Pool Drowning Cases
In this difficult time, we don’t want you to worry about anything but your family and your own well-being. This is just one of the reasons we won’t charge for your case review. Our pool drowning lawyers serve Tacoma, WA families by keeping the focus where it belongs—your case and compensation. Contact us today.
No obligation consultations are always free.Let Us Help You! Call Now: (725) 900-9000
These guys are amazing. Helped me throughout the process. Always there when I need help. Inititailly called a law firm (the one that has lots of ads on the radio), but they declined my case. Van Law Firm accepted my case without a second thought! Kudos to Daniel, my case manager, and Amanda who expedited my payment process. Highly recommended.Milby Mags
Got in an accident at the beginning of the year and they have been awesome, especially with it being my first accident and me being like this. They have been very communicated, stayed in contact with me the whole time, giving me updates when there were any and even when there weren’t and answered any question I had. I would recommend them to anyone. Everyone I have talked to there has been very friendly. I would give them a 10 out of 10.Ethan Gullet
They made sure that my insurance company covered what I paid for them to which included the gap for my car that was totaled. My medical costs were taken care of and reduced substantially so I was able to get more on my settlement. My case manager, Will Garcia, was always helpful in assisting me and answering any questions I had. They really did an amazing job with my case. I would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of this type of legal help. Most lawyers do not help you with the recovery of the car and rental etc. They are amazing.Teresa Cuthbertson