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Deadly Aurora Bridge accident is a wake up call.

Posted on 28 September 2015

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Median Barriers & Today’s Deadly Aurora Bridge Crash

Posted on 24 September 2015

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Posted on 21 September 2015

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Diving Accidents / Aquatic Injury Attorneys

Aquatic Injuries

Diving injury client, MR, was a high-achiever before that tragic day.

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

$4,500,000 settlement in 2008 for a spinal cord injury that resulted in a young man being a tetraplegic.   The client dove into a lake at a city park and hit his head on submerged rocks. No warnings against diving or of the danger of the shallow depth or submerged rocks were posted.

$1,500,000 settlement in 2008 for the family of a fire department captain who died as a result of injuries from a near-drowning in the ocean during a surf rescue team training on personal watercraft.

$3,500,000 settlement in 1996 for the death of a man who drowned as a result of a negligently conducted river rafting trip.  The company used an inexperienced guide and an overloaded raft.  The raft wrapped around a bridge pillar, trapping the decedent under water and causing him to drown.

Aquatic Injuries

The city posted this no diving warning sign after SKW filed suit on behalf of a young man who became paralyzed after diving at a city park.