Water Accidents in Maine
Serving Injury Victims in Bangor, Augusta, Portland, Saco and Biddeford
A water accident can lead to serious injury and steep medical bills. If your child has been the victim of a drowning or water accident caused by negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out more about your rights, contact a Maine injury attorney right away.
Water accidents may seem like a rare occurrence, but drowning incidents are actually quite common, especially in children. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 is drowning. Maine.gov lists drowning as the cause of 5% of all deaths caused by unintentional injury from 1991 to 2000. It is also the 5th leading cause of unintentional injury death for all age groups. In addition, nonfatal drowning injuries are even more common. The CDC states that “for every child less than 15 years old who dies from drowning in a pool, another 10 receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries”.
When a drowning results from the negligence of another party such as a school, summer camp or waterpark, the victims and their families have the right to seek compensation for their medical bills and other expenses. Call The Law Offices of William T. Bly now to learn more.
What Are Water Accidents?
A water accident can happen anywhere: at camp, a public pool, a water park, a hotel or an apartment complex. People who use public pools in Maine have the right to expect to be kept reasonably safe. Likewise, parents who trust camps, parks and daycare centers with their children have the right to know they are being looked after. Common water accident s can occur due to the following:
- Negligent lifeguards
- Dangerous pool design
- Missing emergency rescue equipment
- Lack of supervision
- Defective or broken security gates
- Broken drains or plumbing
- Underwater hazards from a poorly maintained pool
Any accident that could have been avoided had the management or property owner exercised more care may be the subject of an injury claim.
Water Injuries in Maine
A water accident can often lead to death, but it can also cause serious injuries. When a person is held underwater for a long period of time, their brain is deprived of oxygen. This lack of oxygen can result in permanent brain damage. According to the CDC, brain damage due to drowning has commonly caused the following:
- Memory problems
- Learning disabilities
- Permanent loss of basic functions
All of these conditions will require a lifetime of care as well as medical expenses and, in some cases, the inability for the victim to work. If this type of injury is suffered in Maine, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you get compensation for these bills.
Call a Maine Water Accident Lawyer
Water accidents occur most often in children, but adults can also be affected. If you or your child have been hurt or killed in a pool accident in Maine, contact the professionals at WTB Law to stand up for your rights. Call our office now for a free consultation to get started.