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Lawsuit filed against NFL stars over camp swimming pool accident

There is perhaps no greater temptation for any child than a cool swimming pool on a hot summer day. This temptation is, of course, amplified when a child is surrounded by their friends who are just as eager to jump into the pool as they are.

While all of this seems like a recipe for fun, it is frequently a recipe for disaster, particularly if there is inadequate supervision at the pool, and/or the children entering the pool either don't know how to swim or have limited swimming abilities.

Consider a recent premises liability lawsuit filed by the family of a 13-year-old boy in Texas who nearly drowned in a swimming pool accident at a football camp hosted by some players from the Dallas Cowboys this past summer.

According to the lawsuit, the teen and several other campers were allowed to go swimming in a pool located on the University of North Texas campus without the necessary level of supervision back on July 11. Unfortunately, the teen, who was unable to swim, was eventually found floating unresponsive in the pool.

He was evacuated to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Sadly, the near drowning has left him with severe brain damage, unable to breathe without a ventilator and unable to perform the athletic activities he once loved.

The premises liability lawsuit -- which names camp organizer Sports International Inc., as well as Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer, wide receiver Miles Austin, cornerback Brandon Carr and former cornerback Sterling Moore -- is claiming there was inadequate supervision at the camp and that the paperwork made no mention of a swimming pool. It seeks more than $1 million for the teen's pain and suffering, medical bills, mental anguish, physical impairment, and future loss of earning capacity.

"When I drop my kids off somewhere, I'm expecting someone to take care of my child," said the teen's mother. "Any parent would want that person to take care of their child."

For their part, the defendants are claiming that there were indeed lifeguards on duty at the time of the tragic accident and that the players named in the lawsuit had nothing to do with the otherwise voluntary swimming activity.

Stay tuned for developments ...

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident here in Pennsylvania, consider speaking with an experienced attorney to learn more about how you can secure the justice you deserve.

Source: NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, "Boy in football camp near drowning has brain damage," Ray Villeda and Kendra Lyn, September 25, 2013

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