Jury awards $3.75 million to drowning victim’s parents in wrongful death suit

On June 6, 2010, 12 year old Drennen O’Melia drowned at the Southglenn Country Club.  Last week, an Arapahoe County jury awarded $3.8 million to his parents after concluding that the Country Club and its employees failed to conduct the operations at the pool in a safe manner and failed to provide adequately trained and supervised lifeguards at the pool.

The lifeguard chair that was located near the area where Drennen drowned was empty.  The lifeguards did not notice Drennen had been submerged in the shallow end of the pool for several minutes.  An expert testified at trial that Drennen had been submerged for at least 5 minutes before another child swimmer noticed him.  As a result of their inadequate training and supervision, and the lack of attention to safety by the Country Club and its Pool Manager, Drennen drowned. 

Click here to read more – http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_24389056/jury-awards-centennial-parents-3-75-million-wrongful  


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