The people of Florida love the water. Our many beaches, lakes, rivers, swimming pools, resorts, and theme parks offer countless opportunities for recreation. Our waterways are crucial to the economy for transportation and shipping.
“Drowning” obviously implies death. A person can die from lack of oxygen in a very short time, in a surprisingly small amount of water. Even if a person survives an accident in the water, serious debilitating injuries can occur. Oxygen deprivation can cause brain damage that can impair a person for life. The family or legal representative of someone who dies in a drowning accident may recover damages for wrongful death. A person injured in an aquatic accident can recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the injuries are severe enough, the injured person may also be able to recover the costs of rehabilitation, or damages for lost quality of life.