The combination of beautiful beaches and countless swimming pools across Hawaii make it a great destination for anyone that loves playing and relaxing in the water. However, these various swimming areas can be extremely hazardous if not properly looked after and maintained. Even a small act of negligence can lead to a serious injury in a near-drowning accident or the death of a loved one in a drowning accident.
If someone you care for has been hurt or killed in a drowning accident in Hawaii, our firm may be able to help you get compensation based on the responsible party’s negligence. If safety protocols were not observed or an area was not maintained as it should have been, you may have a case. Contact us, Davis Levin Livingston, now to learn about your legal options. We serve clients in Honolulu and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Call (808) 740-0633 or submit an online contact form for a free consultation with one of our Hawaii drowning accident attorneys.
Beaches & Swimming Pools—How Drowning Accidents Happen
There is a surprising amount of safety criteria that must be followed when hosting recreational activities in and around the ocean or when building and maintaining a swimming pool. Businesses like hotels and recreational operations are required to meet strict regulations when offering or hosting water-based activities. These regulations are in place to protect those in and around the water, but they are not always observed by companies and individuals.
For instance, a scuba diving tour operator must be aware of the ocean conditions that he or she is taking clients out in. The operator must also meet safety requirements for equipment and for the boat that is carrying all the passengers. If the operator chooses to go out in bad conditions, uses equipment that is unsafe, or fails to properly maintain the boat, customers can get hurt.
Swimming pool operators are also under regulatory guidelines in the building and maintaining of their pools. Unnecessarily slippery surfaces, unmarked pool depths and failure to enforce safety guidelines are all dangerous to the users of the pool. Yet some businesses do not want to go to the expense of bringing their pools—or their staff—up to proper standards.
At the core of all of these problems, and the drowning risks that result, is negligence. Whether it is the carelessness of a single employee or a systemic issue with a company, innocent people are put at risk of drowning and other injuries. Saving money or time is never an adequate excuse for failing to protect the people you are supposed to be protecting.
Proving Liability in a Drowning Accident
The key to winning a personal injury case always lies in proving who was at fault for the accident. In the examples listed above, we would want to demonstrate to the court that the scuba tour operator or the hotel owner were not creating a safe situation for their customers. If someone drowned or nearly drowned, we would investigate exactly what happened at the scene of the accident, gather witness testimony, and use our legal training to present a compelling argument to the court.
While there is never a guarantee in a legal case, our firm does have a proven ability to successfully demonstrate fault in personal injury cases. We know what it takes to build a strong case, one that will convince the court and ensure that you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Contact Our Firm Today
If you or a loved one was involved in a drowning accident, you should speak to an experienced Hawaii drowning accident attorney as soon as possible. Speaking up about what happened is important, both for you and for others who may be put at risk by negligent businesses.
Our firm offers a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and determine what the next steps should be for you and your family. If you have a case, we will work diligently to see that your voice is heard in the courts. Although nothing can take back the damage done from the accident, we can help you work for the compensation you need to take care of your medical bills and care for your family.
Please contact Davis Levin Livingston today at (808) 740-0633 to discuss your situation. Our attorneys are ready to go to work for you.