Every year, thousands of California residents flock to pools, spas, beaches and other locations to enjoy the day. Others take to the waterways for a day of boating, tubing or skiing. Most of the time, these occasions are fun-filled and end with everyone looking forward to the next opportunity. However, sometimes the unthinkable happens and someone drowns. Many times this is a simple accident; however, at other times it is the result of someone else's negligence, and a claim for wrongful death can be made.
Many individuals and families enjoy the day at their community or country club pool. These facilities usually provide the security of on-duty lifeguards. However, if the lifeguards are distracted or otherwise engaged, they may not be paying attention to someone in trouble. In other cases, the pool or property may not be appropriately maintained. If someone drowns, it may be determined that negligence contributed to a wrongful death.
Other individuals enjoy a day out on the boat. Most boat owners operate their vessel in a safe manner. However, if the driver is operating the boat in a negligent manner and hits something, someone or throws someone from the boat and someone dies, it again may be determined that it is a case of wrongful death.
Just like other accidents, drownings are going to occur. However, when such an accident is the result of someone else's negligence, the victim's family may have a valid claim for wrongful death. An experienced attorney can help guide one through California's civil justice system.
Source: injury.findlaw.com, "Drowning", Accessed on July 1, 2017