Second death in Lily Lake prompts lawsuit

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 11:04 PM

Father says officials should have warned swimmers after a first child died from a parasite in 2010.

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LMHANSONDec. 21, 12 2:47 PM

It never ends in our litigation society. With my due respect to the family of the victim, I would like to think was just a rare occurrence and a freak accident so to speak. With all of the lakes/rivers/ponds/swimming holes, there is always going to be a risk of these things.

kruzelcDec. 21, 12 3:04 PM

Don't forget to sue the government when you go to the local mall and catch the flu. There are no warning signs for that either. Clearly, virii and bacteria are now the fault of the government and they are responsible for bubble wrapping our entire society!

jimmywestoneDec. 21, 12 3:17 PM

Please stop these frivolous lawsuits!!!! It is no one's fault except nature!! Shame on the family for trying to get money out of this tragedy that has no one to blame for the result. Why don't they sue that amoeba.....

gofishinDec. 21, 12 3:28 PM

Would you let your kids bath in a tub of water where a dog crapped? Then why in this 'lake'? Take some personal responsibility folks.

charles3Dec. 21, 12 3:38 PM

Sorry for the family's loss, but the wrong response. This isn't anyones fault. I hope a judge throws it out before anyone looses sleep over it.

scottyhomerDec. 21, 12 3:55 PM

Defendants should have known that the amoeba presented a general danger to anyone "who might go swimming in unchlorinated waters, especially young children and others with immature or compromised immune systems," the suit said.

And most parents already know that swimming in any lake means you are swimming where storm sewers drain into, animals defecate or just plain die, and anything can swim up your nose. It was already known that one girl had died as a result of swimming in that particular lake, so why would the parents think that it would never happen to them?

tinknalDec. 21, 12 4:31 PM

Depending on your beliefs this was an act of God or an act of nature. What a horrible legacy this man is creating for his son. He should be ashamed.

cricketedDec. 21, 12 4:57 PM

My guess is this guy is stuck with huge medical bills and he just wants to keep a roof over his head .There are not nearly as many people getting rich from lawsuits as many people think .I was in a repossessed house a while back and stepped on a nail my insurer forced the bank to cover hospital costs . As for frivolous lawsuits ; corporations sue each other all the time

robin1420Dec. 21, 12 4:57 PM

Sad story. The family deserves no money from a lawsuit, but sympathy. There are risks in life - that's the reality of it all. How is the city responsible? Where is the responsibility of the parents for letting their child swim in a lake, where who knows what might be lurking in the water. Should the city counter and sue the parents for child endangerment? When will these frivolous lawsuits end? I believe there should be more information about the risks of swimming in lakes, rivers, pools, water parks, oceans, etc. There is RISK if you step your foot outside of your protected bubble, where ever you believe that may exist.

SqUaReD80Dec. 21, 12 5:06 PM

I'm sorry you lost your child, but bad things happen. Nobody can prevent everything. Hurting a city and getting money from them won't bring him back.


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