Drowning accidents can be caused by negligence through failure to have proper, constant, and close supervision or to have pools or natural waters properly fenced in and protected. However, most drowning accidents can be prevented by these things and by learning to properly swim.
Drowning ranks as the fifth leading cause of accidental injury and death in the United States, and even more common in children 15 and under. For every one death, four are hospitalized for near drowning injuries. These can be as severe as permanent brain damage, nerve damage, or mental incapacitation. Medical bills for injuries of that caliber can quickly add up and be an unforeseen burden on the family.
Owners of pools and other bodies of water have a duty of reasonable care to keep the area safe against foreseeable dangers. For instance, back yard pools are much safer if a 4-sided isolation fence is in place as opposed to a 3-sided property line fence. Toys and other floats should be kept away from the water when not in use as not to tempt unsupervised children.
These owners are not strictly liable for harm that befalls a person who is using their facilities. There are accidents, but many are easily preventable if reasonable care is taken to prevent unwanted parties from having access and potentially harming themselves through drowning.
If it is the case that your drowning accident was caused by negligence or other wrong doing, consulting with an experienced attorney is your first step.
For more information on Drowning Accidents and Safety, please visit CDC.gov