$35 million settlement demand for near drowning in Stamford not unusual

is the title of a July 31, 2018, Stamford Advocate article by John Nickerson. The article states that legal experts say a $35 million settlement request from the family of a former college student who nearly drowned at the Stamford YMCA pool is not unreasonable considering the man will likely never wake up again. The federal lawsuit filed this month accuses the YMCA of negligence for the October 2017 incident when University of Connecticut-Stamford student Zhaojie Yang, 22, slipped underwater and his distress went unnoticed for an “extended period of time.” Yang’s friend found him unconscious at the bottom of the 50-meter pool and he was taken to Stamford Hospital and then Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. The article goes on to state “Jury verdicts have been delivered for wrongful death and disabling injuries in the scores of millions in Connecticut and elsewhere in the U.S.,” New Canaan attorney Matthew Maddox said. In the complaint, Bridgeport attorney William Bloss said the YMCA was negligent by not properly hiring, training or supervising its lifeguards, and the organization was unable to adhere to recognized codes of water safety and rescue procedures. The complaint also said the lifeguards failed to properly scan the pool or have a proper action plan for rescuing someone. Click HERE to read the full article.

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