Case Studies

Key Bank v. Delaware North Park Services On June 8, 2001, 5-year-old Suzana Dukic was a guest at the Deer Creek State Park, along with her Foster mother and family. The Deer Creek State Park was the location for a weekend...

To v. City of Coeur D'Alene, et. Al. View News Clip (14 MB QT) On or about Thursday, June 21, 2001, seven-year-old Jerry Ly drowned while playing at City Park in Lake Coeur d'Alene. At the time of the incident, there were...

Date: Date of Incident: February 14, 2003 On Friday, February 14, 2003, while the local schools were closed for a teacher’s in-service day, 5-year-old Lucas Shane Terry attended the YMCA of the Shoals “Vacation Day Camp”. There were 23 children in...

Date: Date of Incident: September 17, 2003 On September 17, 2003, 47-year-old John Doe entered the local High School swimming pool at approximately 8:30 p.m. for recreational swimming. John entered the water and began swimming laps along with five (5) other...

Date: Date of Incident: July 17, 1999 On Saturday, July 17, 1999, at approximately 5:20 p.m., John Doe, along with Melvin Smith and Mr. Smith's three (3) grandchildren went to the municipal pond to swim. Prior to 6:00 p.m., Melvin Smith approached...

On Saturday morning, February 15, 2003, at approximately 1:00 AM, 22-year-old David Smith, a resident of the Colony apartments, along with two of his friends (Jason and Reed) decided to take a swim in the apartment’s outdoor swimming pool. Although the...

Three lifeguards on duty fail to see teenager on pool bottom Lifeguard Jones, while situated in the elevated lifeguard stand located at the end of the pool, observed 15-year-old student swimming laps. Some time later, he observed him lying on the...

On Friday, June 25, 2004, 21-year-old John Catilo was following and coaching a nine member rowing shell. John was not wearing a PFD at the time of the incident, and the boat was only equipped with a seat cushion. The...

Jordan Reid, his wife Mary J. Reid, and their four children arrived in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 17, 2006, and checked into room #564 of the Hospitality Inn, located at 4400 S. 27th St. in Milwaukee, WI. They were there...

On July 13, 2003, 14-year-old Damarco Alexander was playing in the hotel swimming pool with other children when he becamse submerged under the water’s surface. Due to the poor condition of the water and the lack of clarity, Damarco could...

During the early evening hours of June 22, 2003, five-year-old David Turner and his siblings were playing at the swimming pool at the Vagabond Inn. There was no adult supervision being provided and there was no hotel employee monitoring the...

Vilma Mena v. Lack's Beach Service and the City of Myrtle Beach On June 11, 2005, 18-year-old Jose Luis Mena, Jr., along with 3 friends (Juan Soto, Yesid Menton, and Charles Garcia), traveled from Gastonia, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC with...

On July 21, 2005, at approximately 3:00 PM, 8-year-old Cortez Stewart was swimming at the Mateo beach, typically referred to as "The Old Swimming Hole" in Dare County, North Carolina. He was accompanied by his older brother, Ben, and his...

On May 23, 2006, 18-year-old Tony Lot, a senior at Venus High School in Johnson County, drowned while on a class trip to Burger's Lake in west Fort Worth. Tony had been swimming with his classmates at the school's annual...

On August 15, 2005, 4-year-old Jonathan (Yoni) Gottesman was swimming in a pool at Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club while participating in a summer activities camp recreation swim session. He was motionless and partially submerged in the shallow end of the...

Date: March 22, 2009 35-year-old Bernard Rice was an athlete competitor during the November 04, 2006 Ford Ironman Florida event held in/at Panama City Beach, Florida. There were approximately 2,000 - 2,500 participants in the swim portion of this competition. During the...

ARTESIAN SPRINGS RESORT Artesian Springs Resort, located in Newton, Texas, is a 100+ acre camping and recreation facility in the Piney Woods of Eastern Texas. According to their website, the resort offers "premium campsites" for RV and tent camping, as well...

Note: This tragic incident occurred on September 26, 2001. After many delays, this case was finally slated for trial during the week of December 14, 2009. However, this case finally settled on December 11, 2009. Date: 12/11/09 On September 26, 2001, 2-year-old...

Date: January 18, 2010 On December 15, 2007, Stephanie Moss along with her 7-month-old daughter and 5-year-old stepchild, Farress Taylor, Jr., attended a birthday party for Stephanie’s nephew Jaylen. Stephanie was with the birthday group and was talking to her sister, Brynn...

Date: April 15, 2010 On Saturday, April 19, 2008, Lindsey Coles took her three children to the Mason Community Center to swim and play in the Community Center's Leisure Pool. They went to celebrate Bobby's 4th birthday that day and were...

Date: April 15, 2010 On June 13, 2008, Jana D. Holst and her two children, 4-year-old Colin and Kayla, met their friends to go swimming at the Life Time Fitness Center, located at 7101 South MoPa Expressway, in Austin, Texas, after...