Understanding the Most Common Types of Drowning Cases in Nevada

The law of Nevada describes drowning as either suffocation or death caused when the lungs are filled with water. It is more common than you think. Statistics show that:

  • Most children aged between 1 and 4 die because of drowning in the US, including the state of Nevada
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of injury and death after automobile accidents in children between 5 and 14
  • There are 11 cases of unintentional deaths daily in the US, which is approximately 4000 fatalities annually

Drowning can be classified into two categories- fatal and non-fatal. Fatal drowning occurs when the victim can’t survive the accident, resulting in death. On the other hand, non-fatal drowning is when the victim survives the accident but experiences serious or life-changing injuries like permanent disability and brain damage.

The Most Common Types of Drowning Cases in Nevada

Here are the most common types of drowning cases in Nevada:

Dry Drowning

Dry drowning occurs when the victim drowns and becomes unconscious. However, when they try breathing, the water penetrates the pharynx. It stimulates the reflex closing epiglottis and larynx, causing the water to go into the stomach. It seals the airway and results in breathing difficulty and fatality because of respiratory failure.

Near Drowning

In this drowning situation, the victim is rescued in an alert and breathing state. However, there is only temporary survival. After the near-drowning experience, the victim usually dies because of the infection caused by inhaling contaminated water, lack of oxygen, brain edema, lung difficulties, and a tired heart muscle.

Freshwater Drowning

Freshwater drowning is also one of Nevada’s most common types of drowning cases. In this situation, the freshwater enters the lungs and interferes with external respiration. In such a situation, the body absorbs water in the bloodstream, which distorts the PH value of the blood. The body can only cope with small PH level changes. However, significant distortion in the PH level can lead to cardiac arrest within 2 to 4 minutes of the rescue.

When can I pursue a drowning accident lawsuit in Nevada?

Many fatalities due to drowning accidents are unfortunate, with only poor swimming skills or bad luck to blame. However, you can pursue a claim, if the accident occurs due to the property owner or operator’s negligence or carelessness, such as:

  • Inadequate swimming pool maintenance
  • Hazardous conditions around the pool
  • Inattentive or untrained lifeguards

If a drowning accident in Nevada is a cause of someone else’s negligence, you can file a lawsuit for:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of earning
  • Physical therapy
  • Injuries
  • Wrongful death

How can our personal injury lawyer in Nevada help you?

Contact our personal injury attorney in Nevada if you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a drowning accident. Call us at (800)870-8910 for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and provide you with the best legal advice. Our lawyer can provide you with the best legal representation and help you get full and fair compensation for losses and injuries incurred.  

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