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Parents file wrongful death lawsuit after son's drowning death

Families in Pennsylvania often beat the summer heat with a trip to their favorite water park. Waterslides, lazy rivers and wave pools are all attractive options for fun in the sun. However, it is important to keep in mind that, if appropriate actions are not taken, accidents in swimming pools can occur, sometimes resulting in deaths.

This was the unfortunate result of the drowning of a boy, age 8, in the pool of the Knoebel's Amusement Resort, a Pennsylvania amusement park. Now the boy's parents are pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the park, stating that the lifeguards at the park were incompetent. The parents claim that park staff did not respond quickly enough when the boy was found floating in the shallow end of a pool.

The parents maintain that one person tried to administer CPR to the boy and requested an automated external defibrillator, but did not receive one. They believe the lifeguards at the park did not receive adequate training or supervision, and were not keeping an eye on patrons in the pool. According to the coroner, the boy's death was the result of drowning combined with autism. At the three-feet end of the pool were the boy was discovered, the boy would have been able to stand up. The boy's parents are pursuing more than $50,000 in damages.

This is a tragic situation that never should have happened. The boy's parents will have to move on with their lives with the loss of their son, a wound which may never heal. It is important that lifeguards at pools perform their duties with the utmost care and that they receive the proper training to do their jobs. The failure to do so could lead to otherwise preventable injuries or fatalities. By pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit, families can seek damages for the losses they suffered.

Source:, "Parents sue Pennsylvania amusement park where son, 8, drowned in pool," June 29, 2017

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