(Houston, TX) Houston attorney, Randy Sorrels of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the father of Lucas Harrison, a 14-year-old special needs youth who drowned at Camp Journey, a camp for individuals of all ages with disabilities, in Bellville, Texas. The lawsuit was filed in Harris County, Texas against Everyday Opportunities LLC d/b/a Camp Journey, Camp Journey LLC, and Camp Journey Bellville LLC.
On July 23, 2020, Lucas Harrison was in the pool with other campers and camp counselors at Camp Journey, where the counselors and a lifeguard or multiple lifeguards were supposed to be present and protecting the campers. Additionally, Harrison was required to wear a life vest at all times while near or in the water. The first notification that something was wrong came from another special needs camper. Harrison was not wearing a life vest and was found at the bottom of the pool.
The lawsuit alleges that Camp Journey was negligent in its failure to exercise safety precautions, provide a safe environment at the pool, and properly supervise, train, and hire a sufficient number of counselors and lifeguards to monitor the pool where the drowning occurred. “This tragic death was completely avoidable,” said Sorrels. “There are far too many drowning deaths in our community that take the lives of innocent children. The parents of this young man have suffered a devastating loss and hope this lawsuit will cause camps across our community to assure there are an adequate number of counselors and lifeguards who have been properly trained.”