In another report of a swimming pool grate trapping a child, the Chicago Tribune reported that a lawsuit filed was filed by a father on behalf of a child that alleges Union City’s negligence caused his son to become trapped by a swimming pool grate at the bottom of the city swimming pool. As a result of his being caught at the pool bottom, the boy sustained serious injuries. The boy, who was 13 at the time, had to be rescued by lifeguards and flown to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. According to the suit, faulty maintenance of the grate and improper supervision of the boy led to the accident.
Doug Landau has represented swimmers and other injured athletes and recreational sports participants. The danger with pools is that in order to save money, some pool operators are not upgrading or maintaining equipment. New standards with regard to safety grates and pool drains can help to reduce or eliminate this type of danger. But if these technological advances are not put into operation, then the short-term cost savings can result permanent injury and even death. If you or someone you care for has been injured as the result of negligent pool operation or maintenance, please call us at 703-796-9555 or e-mail.