Swimming Pool Accidents | Boating Accidents | Recreational Lakes | Lack of Supervision | Failure to Wear Life Jackets
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an average of 10 people die every day in the United States in drowning accidents. The vast majority of those deaths—about 90%–are not boating accidents but happen in public or private pools and at recreational lakes. One in five drowning deaths involves a child under the age of 15. In addition, 50% of those who survive a near-drowning require hospital care or rehab, often as a result of brain injury or damage caused by lack of oxygen.
If someone you love has dies or suffers serious injury in a drowning accident, you want aggressive, effective, and compassionate lawyers to help you get full and fair compensation. Bailey & Galyen can help.
Proven Texas Drowning-Accident Attorneys
At the law offices of Bailey & Galyen, with offices across the state of Texas, we have aggressively fought for the rights of injured people for more than 40 years, including people who lose a loved one in a drowning or suffer serious injury in a near-drowning. Long known as one of the premier consumer law practices in the Lone Star State, we are proud of our history of consistently getting outstanding results for our clients. Over the last four decades, we have recovered more than $500 million in settlements and judgments for our personal injury clients.
Experienced Advocacy After a Drowning Accident
At Bailey & Galyen, we take a straightforward approach—we are committed to providing the highest levels of customer service and attention to every client, devoting our full efforts to helping you get the compensation you need and deserve. We know that an effective attorney-client relationship starts with communication.We take time to listen carefully, so we know exactly what happened and what you need to move forward. We help you understand the law, the legal process, and your rights, so you know where you stand. We’ll immediately notify you of any developments in your case and explain your options, as well as your prospects for success, so you can make informed decisions about how to proceed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drowning Accidents
What Steps Should You Follow After a Drowning Accident?
- If your loved one dies in a drowning accident, your first priority needs to be the grieving process. There will be opportunities to protect your legal rights later. If you or someone you love suffers a non-fatal injury in a drowning accident, your first step should be getting the necessary medical attention. The longer you wait, the greater the risk that injuries will be aggravated or that any legal claim will be jeopardized. Make certain doctors and nurses document everything in writing.
- As soon as possible, hire an experienced personal injury attorney, ideally someone who has effectively handled drowning claims before. Your lawyer will move quickly to preserve any physical evidence, get witness statements, and file any necessary documents to protect your legal rights. Your lawyer can also be your representative with insurance companies, helping you get the benefits you need.
- If possible, take some time at the scene of the accident to take pictures and get contact information from witnesses.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive After a Drowning Accident?
If you lose a loved one in a drowning accident, you have the right to pursue damages for:
- Loss of support that person would have provided you
- Loss of companionship, consortium, guidance, instruction, and direction that person would have provided
- Loss of household services the person would have provided, such as housekeeping, childcare, meal preparation, and yard work
- Unreimbursed medical expenses related to the drowning
- Funeral and burial costs
If you or someone you love suffers a non-fatal injury in a drowning accident, you can recover compensation for:
- Lost salary, wages, or other income
- Medical expenses not covered by insurance
- Loss of the ability to do the things you love (loss of enjoyment of life)
- Loss of physical companionship or consortium caused by your injury
- Physical pain and suffering
What Are Common Causes of Drowning Accidents?
The CDC reports that drowning accidents are most often the result of:
- The lack of barriers around a pool or at a recreational lake—the single biggest cause of drownings of children
- Failure to wear a life jacket—the most common cause of boating-related drownings
- Alcohol use—also tied to boating accidents
- Lack of supervision—Many children and adults have minimal swimming skills. Often, pools and recreational lakes are open to anyone with no lifeguard or other monitoring.
Why Should I Hire Bailey & Galyen After a Drowning Accident?
At Bailey & Galyen, we bring more than 40 years of experience to personal injury victims in Texas and across the nation. We have a comprehensive understanding of the most effective ways to prepare a personal injury claim for trial. We understand the types of evidence that are most compelling to a judge and jury, and we know when jurors need an expert witness to help them understand liability and loss. Our experience allows us to quickly determine the value of your claim and help you determine whether it’s in your best interest to seek a settlement or go to trial.
Contact Bailey & Galyen for Strong Representation After a Drowning Accident
If you lose a loved one in a drowning accident or suffer serious injuries in a neardrowning accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Galyen can help. To schedule an appointment, call 844-402-2992 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation. Our phones are answered 24/7. Evening and weekend consultations are available upon request. Se habla español.
We handle all drowning-accident claims on a contingent-fee basis. You won’t pay any legal fees unless we get compensation for your losses.
We offer proven counsel in drowning-accident cases across Texas, with offices in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana, and Weatherford.