Holiday Shores Illinois Drowning Death Leads to Wrongful Death Suit

The family of a drowning victim has alleged that negligence on the part of Holiday Shores and its lifeguards led to the drowning and death of a man swimming in the lake with his family.

On a late summer afternoon, a man began coughing and struggling to swim in the lake. Other people in the lake began screaming, alerting the lifeguard about the man’s struggle, but it is alleged the lifeguard did not respond in time. Witnesses saw the lifeguard using her cell for texting or internet use throughout the day. Despite making several dives to attempt finding the body, the man was not found for more than an hour.

The lawsuit has revealed that the lifeguard sent and received more than 200 text messages on the day of the incident, including several messages in the minutes leading up to the drowning incident.

Represented by WWFG attorney Michael P. Glisson, the family has filed a suit against Holiday Shores with three counts, including wrongful death, survival act and family expense act. The case is expected to go to trial in 12-18 months.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,443 people died in fatal unintentional drownings in 2007.

The attorneys from the law offices of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson assist family members damaged as a result of wrongful death cases. If you or a family member are victims of a tragic case, please do not hesititate to contact our firm for a free consultation.