With the summer months around the corner, people will certainly be taking advantage of both private and public swimming pools to relax and cool off with a swim. While swimming can be relaxing and enjoyable, any water-based activity carries with it the risk of drowning or sustaining other injury. According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is one of the leading causes of death for people between 1 and 4 years of age, and is the 5th leading cause of unintentional death for people of all ages. For children under the age of 15, there is also a high rate of treatment in an emergency department for nonfatal injuries that are the result of submersion.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, people who are injured in swimming pool accidents may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, if a person dies in a swimming pool accident, their family may be able to sue the responsible party or parties in a wrongful death lawsuit, including the owner of the pool. Although the pool owner is the defendant, these claims are usually covered by homeowner’s insurance and are addressed like any other insurance claim. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact an experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyer for a case evaluation.
While swimming has inherent risks, the good news for swimmers and parents is that there are clear and concrete steps that people can take to reduce the risk of being injured in a swimming accident. The CDC recommends taking the following steps in order to minimize drowning and injury risks associated with swimming.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming accident you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Swimming accidents often raise complicated issues of liability, and it is important to consult with an attorney who has experience handling these cases. Even nonfatal swimming injuries can be serious and may require intensive and long-term medical treatment. In addition, if you were partially at fault for the accident you still may be able to recover. To determine how best to proceed, your first step should be consulting with an experienced Hammond personal injury attorney.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.