Pool drowning verdict – Lifeguard off duty and swimming

A middle aged man went swimming with his family in upstate New York. While swimming in the public pool, the plaintiff became physically distressed and struggled to remain afloat. The pool’s lifeguard was off duty and swimming. The lifeguard did not notice this swimmer until he had sunk to the bottom of the pool, after which he could not be resuscitated. The swimmer’s family alleged that the pool didn’t properly hire, supervise and train its lifeguards. The pool’s defense lawyers contended that the drowning was a result of a cardiac incident. The jury found that the pool was liable, that there was negligent hiring and awarded the family $500,000 in the case of Estate of Snipe v. Village of Ellenville

2 responses on “Pool drowning verdict – Lifeguard off duty and swimming

  1. alicia l hemion

    im glad to hear that mr snipes finally got the money he deserves… I am the nurse that was 8 months pregnant and pulled James from the pool and tried to resucitate him when those god damn “DEATH GUARDS” failed, FAILED to act…. I lost my baby just a short while after that happened… I had terrible nightmares, guilt that I couldnt help him, and then had to bury my little baby daughter that only lived 4 short days… Grayce…. after an emergency ceserian that almost killed me as well…. No one ever stopped to think apparantly who else was affected by the negligence of those people who were supposed to be responsible for the lives of all those that were at that pool that day……. In any event, I hope those of our loved ones are in God’s hands….

  2. alicia l hemion

    im glad to hear that mr snipes finally got the money he deserves… I am the nurse that was 8 months pregnant and pulled James from the pool and tried to resucitate him when those god damn “DEATH GUARDS” failed, FAILED to act…. I lost my baby just a short while after that happened… I had terrible nightmares, guilt that I couldnt help him, and then had to bury my little baby daughter that only lived 4 short days… Grayce…. after an emergency ceserian that almost killed me as well…. No one ever stopped to think apparantly who else was affected by the negligence of those people who were supposed to be responsible for the lives of all those that were at that pool that day……. In any event, I hope those of our loved ones are in God’s hands….

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