With the Columbia River acting as Vancouver’s southern border, you may naturally assume most drowning accidents happen when people aren’t careful in its waters. However, pools pose a hazard as well, especially if someone is negligent.
When that carelessness causes your injury or a loved one’s death, our Vancouver, WA pool drowning lawyers can investigate whether the person responsible is liable for your costs and losses. We can then seek the maximum possible compensation for you.
Causes of Pool Drowning Accidents
Pool accidents can stem from a variety of causes unique to the people, pools, and situations involved. That said, drowning cases commonly stem from:
- Lack of security or supervision
- Failure to post signs or warnings
- Unlocked gates or lack of fencing
- Poorly stored pool equipment
- Faulty devices or pool products
- Lack of proper pool maintenance
- Installation errors or design flaws
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point to missing or ineffective fences as a risk factor in drowning. Having a pool entirely fenced-in lowers the drowning risk for children by 83 percent. Lack of supervision is also highlighted as a risk.
These are all examples of negligence—someone’s careless action or inaction created a hazard that led to injury or fatality. Property owners and other liable parties have violated their duty of care by not taking reasonable precautions to prevent pool drownings. We can hold them accountable.
For a free legal consultation with a pool drowning lawyer serving Vancouver, call (725) 900-9000
Our Pool Drowning Lawyers Support Victims and Families
The swimming pool injury attorneys at Van Law have recovered millions for accident victims, earning notable awards and hundreds of glowing reviews. Yet we don’t rest on our laurels. Each new case is approached as though we have something to prove, and we do—we fight to prove you were wronged and deserve compensation.
We Help Survivors of Nonfatal Drownings
If you were injured in a drowning accident in a Vancouver pool, you’ve already had to fight for your survival. You shouldn’t also have to fight for appropriate recognition and compensation.
We can go into battle for you. We can:
- Visit you in the hospital or at home
- Assist you in filing an insurance claim
- Gather evidence while you recuperate
- Explain your compensation options
- Investigate the root of the accident
- Negotiate settlement terms
- Pursue more than one party if necessary
- File a personal injury lawsuit for you
There is no cost to talk to our pool accident lawyers. In fact, there is no cost to hire us. Only when we settle or win your case do you pay attorneys’ fees. You have nothing to lose by getting in touch for a free case review.
We Guide Families of Fatal Drowning Victims
If you lost a loved one to a drowning accident, our fatal pool drowning attorneys can provide the same assistance mentioned above to surviving family members.
According to RCW § 4.20.020, the following family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Domestic partner
If the victim had none of the above, a parent or sibling could file instead. We can determine whether you qualify to file for compensation.
The team at Van Law firmly believes families shouldn’t have to juggle the paperwork, logistics, and negotiations of a wrongful death case amid their grief. Whatever you can’t handle, we can.
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Our Pool Drowning Lawyers Can Seek Damages for Your Accident
Below are common forms of compensation pursued by our attorneys for Vancouver, WA pool drowning cases:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy costs
- Past and future lost income
- Funeral and burial or cremation services
- Reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of support
- Loss of consortium (companionship)
- Reduced quality of life
Amounts will vary as every case is different. For instance, if you survived a nonfatal drowning and lost income from your salary as well as a side gig, your damages may be able to cover both income losses.
Anoxic Brain Injuries
Survivors of drowning accidents do not always walk away without serious consequences. Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause an anoxic brain injury, with effects ranging from headache and confusion to seizures or coma according to the Shepherd Center.
If you suffered an anoxic brain injury after surviving drowning in Vancouver, your compensation could cover specific expenses related to your treatment and quality of life. For instance, you may need:
- Long-term prescription medication
- Psychological counseling
- Physical, occupational, or speech therapy
- Regular visits to neurologists or other specialists
- Training in a new position at work
- In-home nursing or therapy
- In-patient stays at hospitals or other facilities
Whether you suffered a minor or severe anoxic brain injury, rehabilitation is a long process, so we can work to ensure you are taken care of during your recovery.
Our Pool Accident and Injury Lawyers Utilize Time and Resources
Washington’s three-year statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death can give us time to:
- Investigate the cause of the accident
- Preserve evidence before it is lost or forgotten
- Negotiate settlement terms with the other parties
- Start building a case for court
- Allow you to recover from injuries or grieve a loss
The deadline outlined in RCW § 4.16.080 isn’t meant to cut off your chances for compensation, but to protect evidence and provide us with time to get to the bottom of what happened. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can start building your case.
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Our Vancouver, WA Pool Drowning Lawyers Are Available Now
You can contact us at any time, 24/7. If you can’t make it to our offices, we’d be happy to come to you. Our clients are our top priority. At Van Law, we’re proud to serve the people of Vancouver and can fight hard for your compensation. Reach out today.
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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