How an Experienced Columbus Drowning Accident Lawyer Can Help
Pools, ponds, lakes and other bodies of water in Ohio are ideal spots for recreational activities. Unfortunately, drowning or pool accidents happen all too often, particularly during summer when children are out of school and families are vacationing.
If you or your child is seriously injured in a pool accident or drowns, you will need an experienced Columbus drowning accident lawyer. Attorney Scott Elliot Smith has thirty years of experience handling all types of serious personal injury matters. He knows how to pursue compensation for all your losses, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
After accidents involving severe injuries or wrongful death, some people make the mistake of dealing with insurance companies on their own. They may hear from a friendly sounding insurance adjuster who makes some kind of settlement offer. Think twice before speaking to an adjuster. Your case may be worth more than you realize. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Ohio today to learn about your options. Contact the Smith Law Office. Scott Elliot Smith is an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows how to get results for people injured in pool accidents or those who lost loved ones in drowning accidents.
Where Drowning And Pool Accidents Might Happen
Property owners with pools, or businesses such as motels or hotels that have pools, must ensure that the pool and surrounding areas are safely maintained. Drowning is one of the top causes of death of young children. It seems every summer communities in Ohio lose young people in drowning or pool accidents at homes or apartment complexes. These are tragic deaths that should have been prevented. Children are attracted to pools, which is one reason why fences or gates must be installed to prevent accidents involving youngsters.
Other pool accidents may involve someone diving into a shallow pool that is not clearly marked. A diving accident typically involves a spinal cord injury.
Should I file a drowning accident lawsuit?
In other cases, we may file a drowning accident lawsuit directly against the property owner (and by extension the property owner’s insurance company) where the drowning took place. This is especially true if there’s evidence that the drowning occurred due to negligence. For example, if there was no fence or locked gate preventing people from accessing a swimming pool in Columbus, you may be able to successfully file a drowning accident lawsuit in Franklin County on the grounds of negligence.
Insurance companies for the negligent parties will aggressively fight to minimize compensation to victims and families, or may try to deny a claim outright. Attorney Smith is familiar with the insurance company tactics to keep payments to a minimum. He will aggressively stand up to the insurance companies to help clients obtain the justice they deserve.
How does a drowning accident investigation work?
A pool accident investigation will typically examine the following factors:
- Negligence of the part of the property owner
- Improper maintenance of the pool
- Negligent supervision
- Negligent design and construction
In cases involving accidents on lakes and ponds, we can investigate whether the boat owner or property owner acted negligently. Did the boat owner provide adequate safety equipment such as appropriate flotation devices for all the passengers? If there was a gathering at a pool, lake or pond, and alcoholic beverages were served, were adequate precautions taken to prevent an intoxicated person from swimming, particularly alone or at night?
Discover How a Columbus, OH Drowning Accident Lawyer Can Help
These are just a few questions that may come up as part of a drowning accident claim. Let attorney Smith ask the tough questions for you and aggressively pursue the compensation you need and deserve.
A free consultation is your first step on the road to recovery toward peace of mind - financially, emotionally and mentally. Call 614-846-1700 or contact us online. Columbus drowning accident attorney Scott Elliot Smith will aggressively seek justice for you. He works on a contingency fee basis. In other words, he doesn't collect a penny from you until he wins your case.