Sarasota Water Accidents and Injuries
The water is a huge source of entertainment and joy for many, especially in Florida. After all, one of the main attractions of the state is beautiful beaches and miles of ocean access. But with so many people in Sarasota and throughout Florida enjoying boats and pools, accidents do happen. Water can be risky, and when a water injury happens, there can be extensive medical bills and pain as a result.
For example, many boats are a part of life for Florida residents, whether they are on boats for commercial reasons or participate in maritime sports for relaxation. When accidents happen, there can be property damage, injuries, and lost work expenses that total in the millions of dollars. If you or someone you care about was injured in a water-related accident, talk to a Sarasota personal injury attorney.
From Beaches and Oceans to Backyard Pools
Water injuries can happen anywhere there is water. While oceans and lakes are often the location of injuries involving maritime life or boats, there are times when individuals sustain a water-related injury in their own home or on the property of a friend or family member.
Water injuries can happen in any of the following locations:
- Scuba and jet ski outings
- Ponds, lakes, and pools
- Water parks and beaches
- Bathtubs and play pools
- Snorkeling or boating excursions
At every age, unintentional drowning is a real danger. Too often, individuals believe they are not at risk when they have strong swimming abilities. In reality, people who are strong swimmers do drown, either when swimming in unsupervised areas or not wearing life jackets when on a water vessel.
Wear Safety Gear and Take Precautions
There are safety steps you can take so that accidents and injuries may be avoided as well. Some things you can do include utilizing pool gates, wearing proper safety gear when boating (life jackets for example), and being CPR certified or only boating when there is an individual on board who does have CPR training. It is also important to be mindful when alcohol is being consumed around the water. Do not drink alcohol when operating a boat. The risk of a maritime accident increases when boaters are intoxicated. If an accident does happen, seek medical care right away. Then, talk to a Sarasota personal injury attorney.
Have a doctor assess your health after any water-related accident. Following the guidance of a professional healthcare provider is a necessary part of healing. Plus, the documentation of a medical professional can help to strengthen a personal injury claim in the future.
Did negligence and boating or swimming play a part in your water-related injury? Talk to a personal injury lawyer to understand your options. The experienced Sarasota personal injury attorneys at Hale Law can help you and your family fight for your rights. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no fees or costs if we are unable to recover compensation. For a free consultation, call us at 941-735-4529.