Brain Injuries from Drowning
Brain injuries are often caused by drowning. A lack of oxygen to the brain can destroy brain cells and result in permanent cognitive, emotional, and physical impairments.
The Houston brain injury attorneys of Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers help clients seek compensation for their damages after a brain injury. You could be entitled to substantial compensation for past and future losses caused by drowning accidents.
Contact our law firm at (713) 500-5000 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation with a Houston personal injury attorney. We want to help you recover the compensation you deserve after a drowning accident in Houston, Texas.
Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Help Drowning Victims Seek Compensation for Damages
Drowning can result in a wrongful death claim. However, near-drowning accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries and other harm. The brain damage could result in numerous long-term conditions that require ongoing medical care and personal care.
The Houston drowning accident lawyers at Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers represent families who lost a loved one and individuals who suffered injuries due to drowning. We fight to hold the parties responsible for your injuries accountable for their negligence and wrongdoing.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the incident to gather evidence
- Identify each party responsible for the factors that led to your injury
- File insurance claims, notices, and lawsuits to protect your legal rights
- Work with expert witnesses to gather evidence to build a case of fault and liability
- Work with you and your physicians to document damages
- Negotiate for a fair and reasonable settlement
- Pursue the matter in court if the parties refuse to pay a fair amount for damages
Our Houston drowning accident lawyers pursue every legal claim to get you the money you deserve. Call our law office today to schedule a free appointment with a personal injury lawyer in Houston, TX.
How Common Are Drowning Accidents?
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children. Moreover, thousands of adults are injured or die because of drowning each year. According to the Center for Disease Control, 8,080 nonfatal drownings occur in the U.S. each year. In addition, approximately 3,960 people die in unintentional drownings annually.
Drownings can occur in any body of water, including swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, lakes, rivers, and oceans. The CDC defines drowning as respiratory impairment from immersion or submersion in water. Fatal drowning occurs when a drowning results in death. Nonfatal drownings do not result in death, but they can still cause serious injuries and permanent impairments, including brain damages.
Brain Injuries Caused by Drowning
During a drowning, the brain is deprived of oxygen. Without oxygen, brain cells can die within minutes. Anoxic brain injury or ABI can be a common consequence of drowning. The lack of oxygen can result in long-term, debilitating disabilities.
Symptoms and signs of brain injuries after drowning include, but are not limited to:
- Problems understanding reasoning
- Coordination and balance problems
- Developmental delays in children
- Poor decision making
- Inability to understand words or form words/sentences
- Seizures and convulsions
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Vision problems
- Lack of bladder or bowel control
- Changes in sensory perception
- Trouble swallowing
- Confusion and memory impairments
- Motor impairment
Recovery and treatment depend on the duration of submersion and unconsciousness. The longer the person is without oxygen, the more severe the brain damage.
Treatment generally includes various forms of therapy, including speech, vocational, physical, and occupational therapies. The person may also receive counseling and treatment for emotional disorders. In addition, medications may be used to treat specific symptoms.
Who is Responsible for the Damages Caused by Drowning?
The first step in recovering compensation for brain injuries caused by drowning is identifying the factors that led to the injury. For example, if a child is injured in a swimming pool accident, a home or property owner could be liable under premises liability laws. Likewise, a daycare could be liable if a child drowns because of negligent supervision.
Proving negligence requires that you establish that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care. Then you must have evidence that the party breached the duty of care and that breach resulted in the drowning.
Our legal team carefully analyzes each piece of evidence to determine who is liable for your injuries. We build a case proving that the party’s at fault for your injuries.
Then we demand compensation for damages, including:
- Medical bills and expenses, including ongoing therapy, personal care, and nursing care
- Loss of income, including future lost wages and reductions in earning potential
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
- Changes in quality of life and loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional and mental distress
- Physical pain and suffering
The long-term impairments caused by brain injuries from drowning can result in expensive care. We fight to get you the largest settlement available to provide money for ongoing care and treatment.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Houston Drowning Lawyers
No amount of money can undo what you have experienced. However, you deserve to be compensated for your losses and damages. We want to help make that happen.
Contact our office for a free case review from one of our experienced brain injuries from drowning lawyers.