What injuries are common with drowning?

As a lawyer who has dealt with cases of drowning accidents, it is important to note that drowning can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which can be very severe. The most common injuries associated with drowning accidents include:

  • Brain damage: The lack of oxygen to the brain during drowning can lead to brain damage, which can result in long-term disabilities. Those disabilities can include cognitive, motor, and sensory impairments.
  • Lung damage: When a person is submerged in water, their lungs can fill with water and possibly lead to lung damage. This damage can be severe and result in long-term respiratory problems.
  • Cardiac arrest: Drowning can potentially result in cardiac arrest, where the heart stops beating, leading to severe injury or even death.
  • Hypothermia: Prolonged exposure to cold water during a drowning accident can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia is a condition in which the body’s temperature drops below normal levels and potentially can cause damage to internal organs.
  • Psychological trauma: Drowning accidents can be extremely traumatic, especially for those who have witnessed the accident or been directly involved. Psychological trauma can lead to long-term emotional and psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It is important to note that the severity of injuries resulting from an accident can vary depending on a number of factors including the length of time the person was submerged, the temperature of the water, and the age and overall health of the victim.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a drowning accident, it is critically important to seek medical attention immediately to address any injuries and prevent further harm. It is also important to consult with an experienced lawyer who can help you navigate the legal system and advocate for your legal rights. 

An accident lawyer can help you understand your options for seeking compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain, and suffering, and other damages resulting from the incident. Additionally, a lawyer can conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine liability and identify any parties who may be responsible for your injuries.