Philadelphia, PA asked in Civil Litigation, Education Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey

Q: Can I sue a school for not having proper life guard training

I nearly died by drowning in middle school and the life guard didn’t rush to save me after screams on screams for help ..once my friend helped me to the side of the pool she walks over and says it’s not funny to play around! (im21 now) slowly the emotion impact changed my life. The embarrassment and stress made my anxiety CRAZY and till this day I struggle. Throughout high school I constantly had to work with the counselors to make school the best experience but the anxiety GREATLY affected my attendance and chance of going to college. Only way to control my situational anxiety is medication and was wondering if I can still get any compensation after all these years... they played it off as nothing big while in reality it could have been my life and ever since it’s never been the same!!

1 Lawyer Answer
Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: If you had a cause of action, and I am not sure if you did, you needed to bring the action within 2 years of your 18th birthday. As you stated that you are 21, you have lost any action you might have had.

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