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Diving Accidents / Aquatic Injuries

Activities involving water require particular attention to safety rules and equipment. Water activities can be fun and enjoyable but can quickly turn deadly if carried out negligently, without proper supervision, or without adequate safety warnings, procedures and equipment. Children are especially vulnerable. Specific rules apply to the use of watercraft, and failure to adhere to these rules could lead to boating accidents that result in severe injuries due to the lack of protection for occupants. Exposure to fumes from motors on boats can result in carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. The lawyers at SKW have represented the families of people who have drowned as a result of negligence in the operation of aquatic recreational facilities, rafting trips, and aquaticrescue training.

Representative Cases

McLaughlin v. City of Ocean Shores

(December 2008).  A $1,500,000 settlement for the family of an Ocean Shores Fire Department Captain who died as a result of injuries from drowning during a Surf Rescue Team training on personal watercraft (PWC).

Granberg-Kiddle v. Kithome

(October 2010) $1,000,000 settlement for the drowning death of a 3-year old child being attended by a babysitter. Significant claims of comparative negligence involved.

Kuoppamaki v. Epsilon Gamma Foundation

(1990) $1,500,000 settlement for paralysis from fraternity rush function diving event.

Pattison v. City of Chelan
$4.5 million settlement for a spinal cord injury that resulted in the client being a tetraplegic. Client dove into Lake Chelan in a city park and hit his head on submerged rocks. No warnings of the danger was posted.