On April 29, 2009, a California jury ordered a Santa Barbara-area athletic club to pay $2.3 million in punitive damages to the family of a 4-year-old boy who suffered a wrongful death after drowning in a swimming pool in 2005.
Our wrongful death attorneys know that no amount of damages that can replace a loved one who experiences a wrongful death and emotional trauma runs high when it involves a child. Here, a summer camp had an obligation to supervise and make sure its campers were safe from any wrongful death drowning.
Additionally, our firm believes that manufacturers and others responsible the wrongful death of children could very well be held accountable and liable if it was their fault.
In mid-April, the parents of Yoni Gottesman, who drowned in a Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club in 2005, were awarded $14 million in compensatory economic and non-economic damages against the sports club who owned the swimming pool the 4-year-old was able to slip and fall into.
After a jury deliberated, Cathedral Oaks and its employees were found to be guilty of willful misconduct, malice, deception and fraud. With the punitive damages awarded, the total verdict in the wrongful death lawsuit is $16 million.
No parent ever wants to lose a child in a wrongful death accident, so anyone entrusted with the caring and safety of children should be found liable for fault if such a tragic accident does occur leading to children’s injuries or wrongful death.
From their experience with the law, our firm’s wrongful death attorneys know that swimming pool manufacturers, installers or maintenance personnel others which have the responsibility of maintaining the well-being of our children can potentially be held accountable if a little girl or little boy should experience a wrongful death on their property.
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