Accidental Drowning Lawyer
Do you need an experienced accidental drowning lawyer? Swaye Crannie Boyd has successfully been representing the rights of accidental drowning victims throughout southern Ontario, ranking us among Ontario and Canada's most experienced and enduring personal injury law firms.
Accidental Drowning Lawyer
Do You Need An Accidental Drowning Lawyer?
Summer fun starts with the prospect of a pool party, intimating hours of fun in the sun and a collegial backyard afternoon or evening shared amongst friends. Sadly, things can change in a moment with a slip and fall on a pool deck, the accidental drowning of an unsupervised child or a traumatic neck or spinal injury due to a dive gone wrong, often in a shallow pool. Beyond physical damage, a pool or diving accident can leave a family emotionally or financially devastated.
Among the most common causes of accidental drowning are a failure to adequately maintain the pool and pool area, failure to install gates or fences around the pool area, overcrowding in the pool, inadequate supervision and a lack of safety equipment. As with most accidents, poolside accidents can usually be prevented and ultimately occur as a result of a failure to take and implement necessary and basic precautions such as the lack of or a low perimeter fence around the pool; a gate or closure that is not self-locking; insufficiently protected drains and covers or poor construction. In short, the risk of an accidental drowning can and should be mitigated with a few preventative steps.
Accidental Drowning Cases In Canada
While thankfully few and far between, in Canada, there are almost 500 drowning deaths each year primarily in the summer months, most of them thought to be preventable. Approximately 40% of unintentional water-related fatalities occur in Ontario, and too many accidental drowning incidents involve young children, often toddlers. More than half of drowning victims treated in an emergency room will require hospitalization or specialized care – primarily due to oxygen deprivation and brain damage.
Beyond accidental drowning, the cause of most swimming pool accidents is actually the area surrounding the swimming pool, not the pool itself, as the deck area around the pool can be slippery, uneven and possibly unprotected. Failure to install gates or fences around the pool area, overcrowding in the pool, inadequate supervision and a lack of safety equipment are also often contributing factors. Often, and sadly, an accidental drowning or diving accident may occur in a friendly setting; at the home of a friend, neighbour or relative, complicating an already highly emotional situation.
With over 50 years of experience in Southern Ontario, the professional, personal injury team of Swaye Crannie Boyd can help provide resources and navigate through the legal, medical, financial and emotional complexities resulting from an accidental drowning or diving accident. We are proud to be among Ontario and Canada's most established personal injury law firms.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a severe swimming pool accident or an accidental drowning, you should try to keep a detailed, comprehensive, written incident report of your own including the date, time and specific location of the accident and any other information pertinent to the incident including comments made by those around if they can be remembered. Any digital documentation of the pool accident site may also be helpful.
Confidential Accidental Drowning Lawyer Consultation
Should you require the professional services of a personal injury lawyer regarding an accidental drowning or swimming pool accident throughout Southern Ontario, including Hamilton, Toronto, Brantford, Burlington, Oshawa, Whitby, Oakville and St. Catharines, contact personal injury law firm Swaye Crannie Boyd. We are here and happy to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact Swaye Crannie Boyd at 905-524-2861 for a confidential consultation.