An Anne Arundel County jury found DRD Pool Service Inc. negligent in the drowning death of the 5-year-old boy at the Crofton Country Club. The pool service was responsible for the safety and security of the swimmers at the pool by supplying the lifeguards. The jury decided the defendent was negligent in providing the proper training for their personnel and did not supply enough lifeguards. The lifeguard on duty at the time of the boy’s death was only 16 years old and had only been employed by DRD for 3 weeks.
Since the $4 million award will be reduced due to the $1.3 miilion cap on wrongful death verdicts, the attorney for the parents said they are considering an appeal. The parents said the award would assist their foundation, Connor Cares, in its pursuit to standardize Maryland pool safety guidelines and lower the lifeguard to swimmer ratio from 50-to-1 down to 25-to-1.
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