We all know too well of the potential backyard pool dangers to our children, if we do not watch them closely at all times. Unfortunately, many parents believe that if they are at a public pool with a lifeguard "on duty", that they can then be "off duty" when it comes to watching their children.
Recently in the news, is the story of a boy revived by a lifeguard at an East Meadow, NY public pool. Reportedly at least five lifeguards were poolside at the time of the incident, yet by the time the boy was pulled from the pool, he was blue and lifeless without a pulse. Thank God rescue efforts were successful and the boy is expected to make a full recovery.
Many people are of the opinion that the lifeguards were negligent in their duty to safeguard the boy and that a lawsuit should be commenced. Many other people are of the opinion that the lifeguards are heroes. Either way, the presence of a lifeguard does not mean that parents do not have to watch their children. A lawsuit and the potential recovery of mere money, is no replacement for a lost loved one. Perhaps lifeguards should be viewed as supplemental or additional assistance to parents in helping them safeguard their own children.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.