Illinois swimming accidents have the potential to cause severe injuries and death throughout this summer season. With the 4th of July holiday approaching it is likely that many area residents will celebrate the holiday in and around the water. Our Chicago injury lawyers felt it especially important to remind all swimmers, pool owners, and operators to re-familiarize themselves with the consequences of unsafe swimming pool conditions.
For example, last week The Daily Telegram reported on the end of a swimming accident lawsuit that was filed following a pool injury. The victim in that case was at a gathering at a friend’s home. Apparently the victim and another guest were horse-playing on the deck of the pool, when the other guest pushed the young woman into the pool. Then, for unknown reasons, a third guest pushed another into the pool and directly on top of the woman who was still in the water. The weight of the man being pushed onto her while in the water caused extensive damage.
The woman’s neck was broken in the accident. Fortunately she was not paralyzed, but she still suffered permanent debilitating injuries that have had severe consequences on her life. She is self-employed and did not have medical insurance at the time of the injury, racking up over $100,000 in hospital bills. The victim’s business suffered significantly following the accident and she is unable to work as much as she has in the past.
The judge in the case recently entered a default judgment on behalf of the victim, because the defendant failed to respond in any way since being sued. The judge entered an order for $1.2 million, but it is unclear what assets the defendant has to satisfy that judgment.
Our Illinois swimming pool accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti encourage all those who spend time near the water this summer to be aware of the safety risks. Both children and adults alike can be harmed in these accidents. Children in particular are often unaware of the dangers lurking in aquatic activities. With a little planning and proper preparation families can ensure that their loved ones enjoy the water while remaining safe.
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