Recovery for Swimming and Boating Injuries and Deaths

Every single day, about 10 people drown, making drowning the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Many more people sustain life-altering brain damage from near-drowning accidents. Product defect and personal and corporate negligence are often the cause of pool, spa, beach and boat accidents.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has more than 30 years of experience and is considered an expert in our practice area — personal injury and wrongful death claims. We assist clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City and our surrounding NY cities with wrongful death and personal injury claims arising from drowning accidents.

We understand the heartbreak caused by the tragic loss of your loved one or the serious, lifelong disabilities resulting from drowning. We hold the negligent people and corporations responsible so you can achieve justice and recover the money you are entitled to.

Drowning Deaths and Injuries to Kids

Children between the ages of one and four have the highest rate of drowning. In fact, drowning is the cause of more fatalities of young children than any other cause except congenital birth defects. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children under the age of 15, surpassed only by automobile accidents.

Negligence in Drowning Cases

During New York City’s hot summer months, we rely upon public pools and our beaches to cool off. Many residents and tourists also take advantage of our rivers and coasts to boat, swim and relax. When you bring your family to these places, you expect to be safe. But, one act of negligence can result in the drowning of your loved one.

If your loved one died or suffered brain trauma, a New York City drowning accident lawyer at our firm can investigate whether a person or entity acted negligently, such as:

  • Lack of adequate supervision at your child’s summer camp or school program
  • No pool fencing at the home where your child was playing
  • Uncovered suction in the pool that catches clothing, skin and hair
  • Water walking balls and other dangerous pool toys
  • Failure of an on-duty lifeguard to pay attention or respond effectively
  • Inadequate life vests on a sightseeing or fishing boat excursion
  • Poorly built ferry dock or pier that permitted your loved one to slip into the river
  • Low wall along pier that allowed your loved one to fall into the Hudson River

Injuries Caused by Drowning

A person who is trapped underwater cannot get enough oxygen to his or her brain. Typically, the person falls unconscious in less than three minutes of submersion and sustains irreversible brain damage within five to 10 minutes without oxygen. Even after a very short period of time, a drowning victim is likely to either die or have severe permanent disabilities.

Recover for Your Loved One’s Brain Trauma or Death from Drowning

Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 for a free evaluation of your loved one’s drowning death or near-drowning brain trauma. We have offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains to serve you. We take your claim on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe us money if we do not recover money for your loved one’s injuries.