When we think of summertime and pools, we envision many things. We think of kicking back on a raft relaxing, warm sunshine as we float in the cool water, having splash fights with our friends in the hot sun, or sliding down a water slide. Wrongful death lawsuits are typically not on the top of one’s mind when they think of spending summer days by the pool, but unfortunately drowning is a common occurrence every year in public and private pools in the Chicago area.
According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, a father of a teen who died last year at a public pool is suing the Chicago Park District. He alleges that officials at the pool failed to properly monitor the area and provide aid to the boy. The teen boy died last August at the McKinley Park pool on Pershing Road in Chicago. Witnesses to the drowning described that the boy dove into the deep end of the pool and didn’t come up to the surface for over a minute. They also described that they did not see a lifeguard perform CPR on the boy. The father filed the lawsuit in the Cook County Court and claims that the Chicago Park District, through its lifeguards, failed to monitor and control the premises to help the boy. The suit claims that the teen’s father and brother have suffered as a result of the death and asks for over $50,000 in damages.
For those unfamiliar with the term “wrongful death,” it is a legal term that means a death caused by the fault of another person. In this instance, the father is arguing that the drowning was the fault of the Chicago Park District. In this case the father must assert the argument that had the park district staff properly monitored the swimming pool and maintained vigilance over the patrons, the teen would not have drowned. Furthermore, he will assert that with proper monitoring timely aid could have been provided to the boy and saved his life.
Our attorneys understand that a wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring back the life of this deceased child, but it can help the family hold those responsible for his death liable for the drowning. Damages that can be recovered under a wrongful death lawsuit can include expenses associated with death like medical and funeral bills, pain and suffering damages for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, loss of companionship, and punitive damages to punish those who have breached a legal duty of care and to prevent future potential wrongdoers from doing the negligent acts.
Our lawyers care about the health, safety, and well-being of children and young adults who are unable to defend themselves from many dangers both naturally and negligently occurring around them. If you have lost a loved one in an accident such as a drowning, you may be able to hold the operator of the premises liable for the death in a wrongful death lawsuit. Our attorneys have represented clients in wrongful death, personal injury, and premises liability lawsuits since the firm opened in 1992. We would be happy to speak to you in a free consultation and may be able to use these years of experience to help you with your case as well.