Transylvania University sued for fatal summer camp drowning accident

A lawsuit was filed on September 22 by Frankfort, Kentucky couple Ricky and Jessica Harris, whose son, Ricky Harris III, was killed in a drowning accident after he passed out during a recreational swim at Transylvania University’s William T. Young Campus Center in Lexington where he was attending summer camp, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported.

The lawsuit claimed that the university used improper resuscitation techniques, lacked qualified lifeguards, possessed inadequate rescue equipment, was not able to employ proper and prompt rescue procedures, and failed to provide high chairs for lifeguards for a full view of the pool. Initial reports showed that Ricky was found unconscious in the pool at around 8:21 p.m. on June 23, 2014, and that two lifeguards and an assistant swimming coach performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on him while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Property owners have the responsibility to ensure that their properties do not pose danger to other people. Serious injury and even death can occur as the result of property owner negligence, and the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, understand that in addition to physical and emotional pain, a serious financial burden can result from accidents like this. Call our Lexington offices at (800) 953-2373 today to learn how we may help you pursue restitution.