City of Princeton Agrees to Pay $1.75 Million Settlement in Swimming Pool Death
The city of Princeton, New Jersey recently agreed to pay a settlement of $1.75 million to the family of a man who drowned in the Community Park Pool in 2016, according to a recent article at NJ.com.
The man, a 24-year-old, suffered fatal drowning injuries in the Community Park Pool in August 2016. He was underwater for six minutes before being discovered by other swimmers. The man was rushed to a nearby hospital but passed away during transport.
The family’s lawsuit alleges that Princeton was negligent, noting that two lifeguards were on duty at the time but that other swimmers came to the man’s rescue, not the lifeguard team. The lawsuit also noted that the lifeguards should have been positioned where their lines of sight would cross one another, giving a better view of the pool. Instead, both lifeguards were seated on the same side of the pool.
Competing experts in the case also offered conflicting opinions as to what caused the man to slip underwater in the first place. The family’s expert said that he fainted, while the city’s expert argued that he went into cardiac arrest. The official autopsy report noted that the man had an enlarged heart, but listed the official cause of death as drowning.
When negligence results in a death, the surviving family members may seek compensation from a negligent party through a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims can help address many financial losses related to the untimely death of a loved one. For many families, the claim also helps to provide a sense of closure, answering questions about exactly what happened and seeking to hold negligent parties accountable.
If you’ve suffered injuries or you’ve lost a loved one and you suspect negligence led to your harm, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Atlantic City personal injury lawyer. At Christopher A. Brown, Counselors at Law, our lawyers strive for quality legal representation with compassion and integrity. Contact us today at 609.344.8270 for a free consultation.
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