Parents Awarded $4M for Son's Drowning




Parents Awarded $4M for Son's Drowning

The Anne Arundel County jury recently awarded the parents of a five-year-old who died in a swimming pool accident while at a local pool, $4 million in damages.

After enduring five days of testimony the award was finally given to the mourning parents who lost their child at the Crofton Country Club.

Pool Negligence

A 16-year-old boy was monitoring the country club pool at the time of Connor Freed’s drowning.

The boy was found floating in the pool where he had been swimming with family friend, Paul Carroll, and two other children.

The pool management company for the club, DRD Pool Service Inc., was found negligent for failing to properly train their lifeguards and staff.

Parents Awarded

A jury ordered the management company to pay Thomas Freed and Debra Neagle Webber $2,000,076 each.

The 76 dollars is meant to symbolize Connor’s birthday, which was July 6.

“Just hearing that the jury thought that DRD was negligent, it definitely helped us out,” said Thomas Freed.

Pool Safety Questioned

According to reports, in Anne Arundel County, only one lifeguard is required for every 50 swimmers.

Since Connor’s drowning, legislation has been proposed to decrease this ratio to one lifeguard per 25 swimmers.

“This company has an attitude that they don’t have responsibility at all to safeguard children’s lives in a pool,” says H. Briggs Bedigian.

(Source: Baltimore Sun)

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