2003 - Swimming Pool Drowning

Gerald Lee Marcus

Practice Area:Personal Injury

Outcome:Approximately $5,000,000 Settlement

Description:In the summer of 2003, Cesar A., a 14 year old boy, went with his father to a privately-owned, public swimming pool in northern Los Angeles County. They paid an entrance fee, and Cesar went swimming with approximately 50 other kids under lifeguard supervision. Cesar’s father decided to buy lunch at the snack shop, when he returned, he saw Cesar being pulled out the pool by a Good Samaritan after being at the bottom of the pool for approximately 4 minutes. The lifeguard was nowhere to be found. Cesar lived, but suffers from mild brain damage. This was a hotly disputed case, the owners and operators of the pool blamed Cesar’s father. After extensive investigations, litigation, discovery and the retention of technical experts, we negotiated a policy limit settlement for Cesar of $1,000,000.00, and structured it over Cesar’s lifetime to meet his expected special needs. Cesar will never have to worry about finances again, as the total projected settlement will be approximately $5,000,000.00.

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