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A picturesque day at the beach can turn into a terrible and horrible ordeal in an instant if an accident occurs. Beaches are popular tourist destinations and many Americans spend considerable money to take their families to enjoy the sand and surf. But, when someone is careless or reckless, serious injuries, drownings and near-drownings, and even death can result. Injury victims and surviving family members are then left with the unenviable task of attempting to heal and recover from the incident while attempting to pay the expenses they have incurred, as well as deal with the resulting economic losses such as lost wages and lost future earnings.
After a beach accident, you or your loved one is likely to be facing a long and expensive road to recovery. Medical bills, ongoing therapy or treatment needs, lost wages, and pain and suffering are just a few of the consequences of a beach accident. We at Zinda Law Group can help you recover compensation for your losses after a beach accident so that you can focus on your health and recovery.
Common Beach Injuries
The beauty of a beach masks the potential for serious injuries or death. There are, in fact, a variety of ways in which a person could suffer catastrophic injuries while at the beach, including:
- Drowning or near-drowning incidents;
- Attacks by wildlife, like sharks and other sea creatures;
- Becoming ill because of ingestion of sea water or contaminated water;
- Cuts and lacerations from hidden objects on the shore and in the water;
- Neck and spine injuries or traumatic brain injuries from sporting accidents;
- Other serious injuries.
After a beach injury, it is vital that you take immediate steps to protect your health (or the victim’s health if you are not the victim of a beach accident). If you are in water, you should immediately get out of the water and have emergency help summoned right away. If possible, inform any responding medical personnel of the circumstances of your injury, as that will dictate the type of emergency care you will need. Once at the hospital, be prepared to have someone give as complete a description as possible as to your current health and allergies and how the injury accident occurred. Upon your release, you need to keep any follow-up appointments your doctor sets and follow all treatment instructions as they are given.
Finding the Cause of Your Beach Injury
It can be a difficult task to determine how your beach injury accident occurred and who – if anyone – bears responsibility. While beaches are generally crowded, most people are unaware of what goes on at the beach, unless it affects them personally or their families. Witnesses should be identified as soon as possible: even those witnesses who did not see the accident but provided first aid until emergency medical professionals arrived can provide helpful testimony. The treating physicians and other emergency medical personnel may also be able to corroborate your story of how your injuries occurred by testifying whether your injuries are consistent or inconsistent with the way you state you were injured and whether such injuries are likely to be caused by another person’s actions or inactions.
Beach injury cases can be complex and require thorough investigations before they are ready for trial. At Zinda Law Group, we have helped numerous beach injury victims identify responsible parties that contributed to their injuries and then hold these individuals accountable. Learn how we may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries by calling our office at (800) 863-5312 and speaking with one of our experienced beach injury attorneys.