People blame children too quickly when they do what children normally would do. As experienced Phoenix drowning child accident lawyers, we constantly fight against this sort of blaming the victim mentality when it comes to children and drowning. Children are curious and will wander. We feel, as do most people, that children should be supervised at all times, especially if there is a chance they could access a pool, pond, or other water feature. Sometimes negligent supervision may lead to a drowning, but to put the blame on the child is not acceptable.
When a small child that is too young to swim drowns in a swimming pool, it could be one of those accidents that just happens. Yet many times the tragedy results because of improper supervision. Other times, the problem is not supervision but the fact that the pool lacks safeguards to keep people out of the pool area. When such tragedies occur, it is often very difficult for the families to even consider a lawsuit.
There are often times when a lawsuit could be successful and appropriate from a legal standpoint, but it may not be in the best interests of the family, who are just dealing with the tragedy and rarely have the time or motivation to think of such things as wrongful death lawsuits. Yet time is of the essence in such cases, as there is a statute of limitations in drowning cases.
In some cases, this time period may be as short as six months. This forces a family that is still going through the grieving process to make a decision about filing a wrongful death claim even before they are ready to go on living their normal lives after the tragedy.
These families deserve the opportunity to speak with a wrongful death attorney that can give them an honest assessment of their legal options. The family need not be pressured into signing with a lawyer and moving forward with the case. That family rather needs an Arizona wrongful death attorney that will guide them through the process and help them make the best decision after having lost a loved one or who have had a family member severely injured. In that way, the family can make the decision whether pursuing the claim is in their best interests.
For any questions about your legal options in a drowning or near drowning case, please feel free to contact us. We provide an honest assessment at no cost, so that you have enough information to make an educated decision that will be best for the family involved.