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Dangers in Virginia water

Fortunately for Virginians, our Commonwealth is full of water to enjoy: pools, lakes, rivers, bays and the ocean.

Unfortunately, swimming and other water-related activities can be dangerous, especially for young people. Ten Americans die from drowning every day, making it the fifth leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sadly, it’s the second leading cause of death for children 1 to 14 years of age.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a water-related accident, you may be eligible for compensation if someone else was to blame. To find out if you have a personal injury claim in Virginia, talk to the experienced legal team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Call (804) 413-6777 to speak with a lawyer for free.

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Common causes of water-related injury

The dangers of water activities aren’t limited to drowning. Other causes of water-related injuries include:

  • Powerboating: Powerboats cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year. Many of these incidents involve a powerboat colliding with another boat, a dock, a bridge abutment, or some other stationary object. Unlike cars, boats don’t come equipped with seat belts. In a boat collision, occupants can be thrown against hard surfaces or into the water. Also, outboard and inboard-outboard powerboats have sharp metal propellers that spin rapidly and cut and seriously maim a human body.
  • Personal watercraft: Personal watercraft (jet skis, WaveRunners, etc.) have the same dangers as powerboats, along with injuries that are unique to them. Internal orifice injuries can occur when someone falls off the back of a personal watercraft. If the person lands too close to the watercraft’s jet nozzle, he or she can experience severe genital injuries. This can cause extensive damage to internal organs and even death.
  • Diving: Whether diving into a pool, lake, or river, watch out for the bottom. Catastrophic damage usually happens when someone dives into a body of water that he isn’t familiar with and strikes the bottom or a submerged object. Diving accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
  • Electrocution: Believe it or not, a pool with faulty wiring isn’t the only place where you can be electrocuted. People have also been electrocuted swimming in lakes and around moored vessels. This is usually caused by faulty wiring on a lighted dock, which transfers electricity into the water by means of a metal object like a ladder. You can also be electrocuted in a pool or lake if lightning strikes the water.
  • Pool drain accidents: If a pool drain malfunctions, it can create powerful suction that swimmers, particularly children, cannot fight against. In some cases, swimmers have been eviscerated by the power of the suction, or drowned because they were held underwater. R&B singer Usher’s son nearly drowned when he was pulled and held under the water by a faulty pool drain.
  • Cryptosporidiosis: Cryptosporidiosis is an infection caused by the microscopic protozoan cryptosporidium. Symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, and weight loss. A person can contract cryptosporidium in lakes, ponds, rivers, and insufficiently sanitized swimming pools and Jacuzzis. A cryptosporidium spore can live in the lower intestine for up to five months and then be passed on to another mammal.

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Need an attorney for a complicated water-related injury?

As you can see, there is no shortage of harm that can happen in or around a body of water. If you are injured or have lost a loved one in a water-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Defendants in such a claim may include the person or company that designed and built the pool or part of a pool, the owner of the pool, the one charged with maintaining the pool, the manufacturer or owner of a boat or personal watercraft, the municipality responsible for the safety of a pool or beach, and even a lifeguard. It depends on the situation.

To find out more about water-related injuries and your legal rights, call GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys at (804) 413-6777. Remember, it costs you nothing to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. We get paid if we win your case.

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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.
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