Drowning Accidents


Drowning accidents sometimes occur in natural creeks, ponds, rivers or lakes. In such cases, there may seem to be “no one to sue” to collect compensation from. Even if you suspect that this is true in your loved one’s drowning case, we at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., urge you to discuss the incident with an experienced personal injury attorney. We have had drowning cases where we have found out that a seemingly “natural” condition was actually caused by an improperly designed drain pipe or spillway upstream.

Sources of Compensation After an Accidental Drowning Not in a Swimming Pool

Our lawyers have helped many families of drowning victims recover financial compensation from various types of sources, including:

  • Property owners
  • Service companies responsible for repairing and maintaining drains or other types of infrastructure
  • Individuals or organizations responsible for supervising vulnerable people who drowned
  • Life insurance or accidental injury insurance companies, even those that tried to escape responsibility through bad faith insurance strategies

Swimming Pool Accidents and Wrongful Death Claims

We have zealously and effectively represented family members after they had lost loved ones in drowning accidents or other “freak accidents” occurring outdoors, in public places, in rural areas, in residential neighborhoods and in urban areas. Slides, diving boards or other recreational devices around the pool can also cause accidents. We also represent families of people who have drowned or been injured in swimming pools maintained by:

  • Schools
  • Municipalities
  • Water parks
  • Health clubs
  • Recreational facilities such as campgrounds
  • Hotels and motels
  • Apartment complexes
  • Mobile home parks
  • Golf clubs and country clubs

St. Louis Drowning Accident Victim Lawyers Representing Families

Perhaps your child suffered a serious injury involving a drain pipe that was not properly covered or drowned in a public pool with insufficient lifeguard protection. Rest assured that our law firm, Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., is sensitive to a family’s need to grieve and regroup after a tragedy such as a drowning. At the same time, we know the importance of a thorough investigation. Determining what happened and why is our first priority in a wrongful death case. Close family members appreciate our commitment to uncovering the truth after a drowning or serious swimming pool injury.

Pursuing monetary compensation after a drowning death in the family may be the farthest thing from your mind during your time of grieving. However, you may realize that it is important to find out why the drowning happened. Taking legal action can help your family cover costs that you incurred while also possibly helping prevent additional future accidents.

Springfield Fatal Accident Attorneys

At the firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard in St. Louis, we represent people who have been injured through negligence or misconduct in Missouri and Illinois. Call or e-mail us to schedule a consultation.

Founded in 1976, our firm combines the talents of four highly skilled trial lawyers, each of whom has received the highest possible AV ® Preeminent ™ 5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. We handle cases throughout Missouri and southern Illinois.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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