Proving Negligence in Drowning Deaths in Las Vegas

Drowning death cases in Las Vegas, like any other place, can be deeply tragic and emotionally charged. When someone drowns, families of the deceased often seek answers and, in a few instances, the best available legal recourse. Proving negligence here becomes crucial to hold the responsible parties accountable and ensure similar tragedies do not happen in the future.

Understanding Negligence

Negligence, at its core, refers to the act of failing to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent individual would exercise in similar situations. In the current context, it would mean failing to supervise swimmers, not maintaining safety equipment, and/or not having proper barriers around a pool. 

To successfully claim negligence, one must establish four primary elements: Duty, Breach, Causation, and Damages. In Las Vegas, as in several other jurisdictions, the plaintiff (the party bringing the claim) bears the burden of proving these elements, so you would want to seek expert assistance to take the right steps. Here is a quick explanation of these elements to clarify the basics and help you move forward in the correct direction.

Establishing Duty of Care and Breach

The first step in proving negligence is establishing that the defendant (or the accused party) had a duty of care towards the victim. For instance, hotel owners in Las Vegas must ensure their pools are safe for everyone at the property. 

Once this duty is established, the next step is to prove that the defendant breached this duty. A breach could mean not having a lifeguard on duty, failing to maintain pool equipment, not providing clear safety instructions, and more.

Connecting the Breach to the Tragedy

Even if you can successfully prove a breach of duty, it is crucial to demonstrate that this breach directly resulted in the drowning of the victim, also known as causation.

For example, if a hotel pool in Las Vegas did not have proper fencing, and a child wandered into the pool area and drowned, you can argue that the lack of fencing (i.e., breach of duty) led to the child’s drowning (i.e., causation). However, establishing causation becomes problematic if the child was not adequately supervised and drowned for unrelated reasons.

Quantifying Damages

The final element you will have to prove is damages. In drowning deaths, damages are often based on the emotional and financial toll on the family of the victim. Therefore, the final compensation can include funeral expenses, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering. 

In a city like Las Vegas, where tourism and entertainment are paramount, plus pools and water attractions are in big numbers, the potential for high-profile drowning cases at resorts or public attractions can lead to large settlements. Seek the right legal aid to get started on your case without further delay.

Contact Our Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers For Help.

Drowning death cases generally require proven experience and meticulous approaches to demonstrate negligence. By understanding and establishing the elements of duty, breach, causation, and damages, families can seek justice for their loved ones. 

While no compensation can genuinely make up for the loss of life, holding negligent parties accountable can, at the very least, provide a sense of closure. If you or a loved one are in a similar situation, the H&P Law personal injury attorneys can help you navigate the specifics. Get in touch with us today for a free case evaluation.

This concealment of facts has led to the rise of the chemical hair straightener lawsuit, a mass tort that has gathered massive attention in recent years. So, let’s delve into what this lawsuit entails and the latest updates on this issue.

The Hair Straightener Controversy

Hair straightening chemicals or hair relaxers come in a lotion or cream form. But recently, various hair relaxers containing formaldehyde or its derivatives have come under scrutiny. These substances – primarily used by black women with curly and coiled hair – can release formaldehyde gas when heated, leading to potential inhalation and skin absorption. Thus, prolonged or short-term exposure in higher concentrations is believed to be causing various health issues, which is what the controversy is about.

The Risks Are Real

Hair relaxers are a norm since girls as young as 12 start using these products. In fact, it’s widely used in salons, and many ethnic women have been using hair relaxers for decades. But this haircare standard comes at a greater price. Dozens of cases are now being filed nationwide over the resulting damage. The three primary concerns linked to chemical hair straighteners include:


Plaintiffs claim that many brands did not adequately label their products, misleading consumers about the potential risks or hiding formaldehyde’s presence.

Health Issues

Exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to respiratory problems, skin irritations, headaches, and certain types of cancers, including uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.

Salon Workers Are Also At Risk

Apart from the end consumer, salon workers who frequently apply these treatments are also at risk. Repeated and prolonged exposure adds to the dangers.

The Updates So Far

Several studies have established a direct link between potentially dangerous endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in hair relaxers and the associated health problems. Therefore, given the seriousness surrounding these products, many individuals have come forward with lawsuits against the manufacturers.

Personal injury and product liability lawsuits are consistently pouring in. Plaintiffs allege they weren’t warned about the risks, and the manufacturers failed to ensure the safety of their products.

In February 2023, the JPML (Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation) consolidated all cases into a class action MDL in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. This order was to ensure a more efficient resolution process and potentially larger compensation for the complainants.

The defendants include L’Oréal, Namaste, LLC, Godrej Consumer Products, Strength of Nature Global, LLC, Revlon, and many others.

Currently overseen by Judge Rowland, the hair relaxer MDL has over 200 pending cases. Many legal offices, including ours at H&P Law, are accepting new cases.

As of August 2023, a Short-Form Complaint has been approved, streamlining the process for new plaintiffs to join the MDL. It requires detailing the type of hair relaxer used and any resultant injuries, including uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, and ovarian cancer, from using these products.

File Your Claim Today!

If you’re in a similar situation and believe you qualify for a hair relaxer lawsuit, you may be entitled to justified compensation. There’s a growing awareness among consumers about the potential risks of chemical hair straighteners. The exact compensation amounts and the terms of these settlements remain confidential, but our legal team can help you navigate the murky waters of this litigation and reach a favorable resolution.

Call us at 702-598-4529 to get started with your claim.

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