New Jersey tourist alleges Wyndham resort caused catastrophic pool injuries

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 3, 2018

ORLANDO — A New Jersey tourist is suing owners and operators of a Wyndham resort in Destin, alleging negligence led to catastrophic pool injuries for the plaintiff.

Anton Shifchik of Bergen County, New Jersey, filed a complaint Nov. 20 in Orange County Circuit Court against Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc., Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc., East Pass Investors LLC, Harbor Walk Holding LLC and Emerald Grande LLC, alleging the defendants failed to reasonably, properly and adequately supervise the pool and surrounding area.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 19, 2013, Anton Shifchik was a guest of the defendants' Emerald Grande resort in Dustin when he suffered severe and catastrophic injuries after diving into a pool with insufficient water, limited lighting and no warning signs, especially at night. 

The suit says the pool's poor lighting design created the impression that the pool was deeper than it actually was. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to maintain reasonable, proper and/or adequate signage regarding any and all safety rules and/or regulations with respect to the pool.

Shifchik seeks trial by jury, damages, costs incurred and all other necessary and proper relief. He is represented by attorneys Edmund A. Normand and Jacob L. Phillips of Normand PLLC in Orlando, and by John Stemberger of the Law Offices of John Stemberger PA in Orlando.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18CA012675

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