Case Studies

6-year-old Dakota Lee Hansen experienced an unrecognized submersion incident on August 09, 2008 and died as a result of this incident. The actions or inactions of the owners, managers, operators, and lifeguard personnel either caused or contributed to her death....

12-year-old swim team member drowns in YMCA guarded pool. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: July 19, 2012 On October 06, 2010, 12-year-old Olivia G. Linder was swimming at the YMCA indoor swimming pool. Olivia was considered to be a good swimmer and was...

According to witnesses, Federico progressed down the embankment on the west end of the detention pond, at which time he either jumped or fell into the water where the outlet culvert drain is located. Due to the force of the...

3-year-old drowns at municipal swimming pool. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: August 02, 2012 On Monday, August 17, 2009, Michele Rivera took her 4 children to the City of Concord Keach Park Pool, including her 7-year-old son Nethaniel, 5-year-old daughter Nadia, 3-year-old daughter...

Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: October 08, 2012 On March 29, 2008, Shawn Carter arrived at the Renaissance Hotel and checked in at 5:23 PM. Her party consisted of her (Shawn Carter) and 4 children. One of the children was 5-year-old Da’Quan...

On or about March 12, 2007, 34-year-old Gedson Madeira was swimming in the Bally’s Total Fitness facility in Revere, MA when he experienced an unrecognized fatal submersion. Although there were three (3) Bally’s employees on the premises at the time...

13-year-old Jasmine Warren experienced a non-fatal near-drowning incident while participating in a required physical education swim class during school in 2004. As a result of this incident, a personal injury lawsuit was filed. The case finally settled in May 2012. Author:...

On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Chukwueloka (Vincent) Agwuoke, had been participating in a physics class project being held in the Patterson Natatorium and swimming pool of the Westside High School. According to Vincent’s parents, Vincent was a non-swimmer. And, according...

This article is being included within the Case Studies section because Gerald Dworkin consulted and testified in this matter as an Aquatics Expert. Additional information may be posted later. Author: Rebecca Robledo / Aquatics International Date: May 16, 2013 The family of a...

This is a description of a fatal submersion incident that occurred on June 06, 2010 with two lifeguards on duty. Besides the lifeguards not being strategically positioned, they failed to recognize the incident. And, upon being notified of the incident,...

Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: April 11, 2014 On January 09, 2010 Gwinnett County Fire Department units are dispatched for a signal 47/persons fallen through ice at a community pond behind 2825 Daniel Park Run in Dacula. The initial dispatch included E27...

Date: May 14, 2014 DESCRIPTION OF THE INCIDENT On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Chukwueloka (Vincent) Agwuoke, had been participating in a physics class project being held in the Patterson Natatorium and swimming pool of the Westside High School. According to Vincent’s parents,...

On November 21, 2012, 2-year-old Daniel Forvil, Jr. (DJ) experienced an unintentional submersion in the swimming pool owned and operated by The Palms of Cortez apartment complex. As a result of this incident, DJ was pronounced deceased at 14:01 hrs....

Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: September 17, 2014 DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT On July 19, 2012, the Bradley party of thirteen adults and children arrived at West Beach at approximately 1:30 PM and set up on the beach just to the west of the...

This civil law suit was brought resulting from the unrecognized drowning death of a 59-year-old guest in the hotel swimming pool, even though there was at least one lifeguard on duty. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: October 23, 2014 Background The Spa at Bally's...

This case resulted from the drowning death of a high school child during a physics class. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: October 23, 2014 On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Chukwueloka (Vincent) Agwuoke, had been participating in a physics class project being held in...

Incident description of drowning occurring during a Middle School Physical Education swim class. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: April 10, 2015 Introduction Abdullahi Charif was a healthy 12-year-old, 5’ 11”, 7th grader. On February 27, 2014, Abdullahi experienced an unwitnessed fatal submersion in the...

On September 05, 2011, while in the Lazy River attraction at Hurricane Harbor Six Flags in Arlington, Texas, 64-year-old Linda Forbes was observed by lifeguard Samantha Shiff floating face-down and motionless. Lifeguard Shiff then signaled she was entering the water...

On July 12, 2011, Deion Smith and his younger brother were invited to swim in the backyard swimming pool of David and Kathryn Lives, located at 1281 Jeremy Ct. in Forest Park, Ohio. They were granted permission to go by...

William T. Beals was a 19-year-old, 5’7” teenager who was mildly autistic with Aspberger Syndrome. On May 19, 2009, William suffered a fatal submersion while using the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) swimming pool during recreational swim. Author: Gerald M....

On July 18, 2013, Ja’briel O’Connor, a seven-year-old boy in a summer camp program, drowned in the Cobb’s Creek Pool. Upon entering the City Pool facility around noon, the young campers and counselors were not provided with any guidance, pool...

This case describes the non-fatal submersion resulting in neurological impairment of a young 5-year-old. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin The Jewish Community Association of Austin (JCAA) is located at 7300 Hart Lane on a 40-acre Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin. The...