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The St. Clair Record reported that a recently filed Illinois wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the man died while swimming in a crowded Madison County Illinois lake after a lifeguard failed to provide him adequate assistance. In fact, the Illinois negligence lawsuit further contends that the lifeguard was allegedly talking and texting on her cell phone at the time of the incident.

The special administrator of the deceased man’s estate reported that the 45 year-old man visited Holiday Shores in July with his family. He decided to enjoy a swim in a designated beach area located in Edwardsville, Illinois. He was not alone – a number of other guests had also decided to swim in the same area that day. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the club should have had two lifeguards on duty because of the significant number of guests, instead of only one.

The Illinois drowning lawsuit also states that the 45 year-old decedent was swimming in the lake and began coughing and needing assistance. Friends and witnesses yelled and requested help, but the lifeguard did not reply in a timely fashion. The lifeguard had been on her cell phone throughout the day and was using her celphone at the time the incident occurred. Because of the lifeguard’s negligence, the lawsuit alleges, the victim’s deceased body was not discovered for more than one hour! The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit seeks a judgment of more than $150,000.

The Daily Herald recently reported on a tragic Illinois drowning case. The mother of a pool drowning victim who died in a swimming pool at the Illinois Pheasant Run Resort and Spa in 2007 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the resort. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that a lack of required safety and rescue equipment contributed to the drowning victim’s death. Nearly two years ago, the 21 year-old victim drowned while swimming in the resort’s indoor-outdoor pools. The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Kane County Circuit Court.
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A Cook County jury has granted an $8.1 million award to a 22 year-old man who dove into a swimming pool and was rendered an incomplete quadriplegic. This is the highest pool-related accident verdict in Illinois.
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A jury returned a $3.8 million pool lawsuit verdict last week against a hotel in a lawsuit filed by the family of a 19-year old football player. The 19 year-old suffered severe personal injuries that resulted in his wrongful death two years ago while swimming in the hotel’s pool.

To read more about the $3.8 million pool lawsuit award.

With summer in full force, many Chicago residents are spending time in their pools to cool off. However, practice safety when swimming and enjoying the summer pools! Recently, Levin & Perconti blogged about how most the country’s pools are not in compliance with current safety standards. Now, more incidents of product liability have arisen regarding pool filter explosions. The pool filter system has to be cleaned about twice a month, re-pressurizing gets tricky, though. If there is too much air, explosion can occur and the lid can blow up.

To read more about the swimming pool filter dangers.

Almost three years ago, a wrongful death victim died days after he was critically injured when his pool’s two-piece, kettle style pool filter exploded and struck him in the head. Now his wife is focused on spreading the word about the potential danger of certain pool filters. Incidents tracked by the Consumer Product Safety Commission has shown that there have been at least 22 similar product incidents reported since 1982, including four wrongful deaths.

To read more about the pool filter wrongful deaths.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently provided updated figures on child drowning deaths and injuries in pools and spas. Nearly 300 children younger than 5 drown in pools and spas yearly and 3,000 suffer pool-related personal injuries. About 80% of the drowning fatalities occurring in residential settings, such as the home, or a friend’s home.

Levin & Perconti has blogged quite heavily on child drowning issues, especially as summer approaches. For safety tips, click here.

To read more about the CSPC drownings report.

A jury awarded the family of a 4 year-old drowning victim nearly $14 million in damages this week. The personal injury victim drowned on the first day of summer camp almost four years ago. Ten of the eleven defendants accused of negligence in the personal injury lawsuit admitted that they had been negligent.

To read more about the drowning lawsuit.

With summer fast approaching and more tales of drowning coming up daily, we at Levin & Perconti thought that this Arizona Daily Star article was timely. Drowning is often referred to as the “silent killer” because there is usually no cry for help and very little commotion. Please keep toys away from pools and fence in any hot tubs or pools.

To read more safety tips to avoid drowning.

In another tragic drowning story, a two-year old girl drowned over the weekend in her family’s hot tub. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. If you have a pool or hot tub, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti urge you to review these tips for water safety.

To read more about the toddler’s drowning.

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