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Palm Beach Gardens & Palm Beach County, FL

Drowning Accident Lawyer Serving Palm Beach County, FL

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Florida’s renowned beaches and attractions draw visitors from all around the globe. Water-based activities, whether in the ocean or swimming pools, are quintessential to the Florida lifestyle. However, water accidents can quickly shift fun into tragedy.

Experienced in handling complex personal injury cases involving drowning accidents in Palm Beach Gardens and beyond, Mr. Shomo and his dedicated team at The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. provide tailored legal representation aimed at securing compensation for victims and their families. While no financial settlement can fully compensate for the loss or serious injury of a loved one, having the support of a skilled drowning accidents attorney is essential for achieving justice and fostering preventative measures against future incidents.

Among the notable case results of Mr. Shomo’s career is securing $11,800,000 in a profoundly tragic case involving the death of a minor child and brain injuries to another minor toddler sibling, stemming from a drowning accident at a residential rental property.

This case result not only highlights the devastating impact of such accidents but also underscores Mr. Shomo’s dedication to securing substantial outcomes for his clients, aiming to bring about a sense of justice and support for the grieving families.

Where do drowning accidents happen?

From recreational areas to commercial establishments, common places where drowning accidents can happen in Florida include:

  • In, near and around pools
  • Beaches
  • Lakes
  • Cruise ships
  • Water parks
  • Theme parks
  • Swimming pool drains
  • Hot tubs

Common causes of drowning accidents

Drowning accidents are a tragic reality that can unfortunately happen to anyone. While the causes are diverse and many incidents are just accidents, certain conditions can increase the likelihood of drowning. Some common factors that heighten the risk of drowning accidents include:

  • Lack of or untrained lifeguards
  • Poor water clarity
  • Overcrowding
  • Inadequate emergency equipment
  • Neglecting safety checks
  • Insufficient supervision
  • Absence or neglect of security measures (e.g., gates, fences)
  • Inadequate warning signs
  • Currents or tides
  • Extreme weather conditions

Children are especially at risk

When it comes to children, drowning accidents are a significant concern. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Among children ages 1 to 4, drowning is the leading cause of death.
  • For children ages 5 to 14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death, after motor vehicle crashes.
  • Approximately 14,000 fatal unintentional drownings occur annually. This averages to about 38 drowning deaths per day.
  • There are approximately 8,000 nonfatal drownings each year. This translates to an average of about 22 nonfatal drownings per day.

Common drowning injuries

Drowning accidents can happen suddenly, making them a terrifying situation for anyone involved. They can be catastrophic enough to result in the worst possible scenario, death. Those who survive often have to deal with significant consequences. Common injuries associated with drowning accidents include:

  • Brain damage: The lack of oxygen to the brain during drowning can lead to brain damage, resulting in cognitive, motor, and sensory impairments.
  • Lung damage: Submersion in water can cause the lungs to fill with water, leading to severe lung damage and potential long-term respiratory problems.
  • Cardiac arrest: Drowning incidents may result in cardiac arrest, where the heart stops beating, causing severe injury or even death.
  • Hypothermia: Extended exposure to cold water during a drowning accident can cause hypothermia, where the body’s temperature drops dangerously low, potentially leading to internal organ damage.
  • Psychological trauma: Drowning accidents can be traumatic for witnesses and victims, resulting in long-term emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Our law firm helps families demand accountability after a Florida drowning accident

Drowning accidents can cause physical pain and emotional distress. They are heartbreaking accidents, many of which could have been prevented. If you, your child, or your loved one has experienced a drowning accident, get help from the right attorney at The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A.

Mr. Shomo and his team are dedicated to advocating for drowning accident victims and their families in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. Our law firm works tirelessly, putting in long hours to build strong cases that get meaningful results. With over $85 million recovered, Mr. Shomo has your best interests at heart. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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