Accidents can happen at any time, so it is important for a person to be aware of their surroundings. This is especially the case for anyone that may own a pool, or live nearby to one. While a swimming pool can be a great source of summertime fun, they can also be a great source of danger. Time and time again we have seen several cases where children wander into pools and tragedy strikes. Such a case has occurred in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Lawsuit Filed In Drowning Death
The family of a 4-year old girl experienced a terrible tragedy when their daughter drowned at the Downers Grove Swim & Racquet Club. The incident occurred in June of the year 2016 when the girl was found unconscious in the pool at the club. She was rushed to the hospital, here she was allegedly provided CPR and other treatments, however, she was unable to be revived at the hospital and she lost her life. The pool she was found in was a deep water pool that dropped off of a more shallow "mushroom fountain" pool designed for children's usage.
The child's mother has since filed a lawsuit against the Downers Grove Swim & Racquet Club for the wrongful death of her child. The lawsuit alleges that the lifeguards on duty for the club failed to take immediate action to rescue her. The lawsuit further states that she was not given proper treatment at the swim club when such action could have saved her life. The lifeguards did not perform any CPR at all, and it is reported that the family themselves tried to administer CPR before any professionals had attempted to. The lawsuit also states that no oxygen tanks or other apparatuses were used, nor was any automatic defibrillator used.
The lawsuit is seeking damages in the amount of at least $100,000 and also seeks to send a message to ensure that an event like this does not happen again. The lawsuit demands further changes to the pool to make the environment safer and lifeguards more prepared.
Unfortunately, many poolside tragedies could be preventable with just a bit more preparedness from the pool owners. Lifeguards should be trained, attentive, and ready to provide emergency care should the need arise. In addition, in certain jurisdictions, a swimming pool may be considered an attractive nuisance, due to its nature. A pool can be dangerous to children who cannot swim well, yet a child is unlikely to know better than to swim without an adult present. This can lead to accidents. To prevent this, pool owners should secure their pools properly, otherwise, they could be held liable for any accidents that occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligence, contact the legal professionals at Gilman & Bedigian today.