Verdict: $150,000 for the surviving family (GIA statutory limits)
Case Description: Our client drowned while swimming at a public beach located in a State Park. When he began to struggle, splash and shout for help, the nearest lifeguard, who was 17 years old, did not attempt rescue until our client sank under the water and did not resurface. The lifeguards utilized a human chain to search for our client when he did not resurface, which is contrary to American Red Cross Standards. It took over 20 minutes to recover the body at which time our client was not breathing and all attempts at emergency resuscitation were unsuccessful.
Injuries and Damages: Wrongful death by drowning.