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May 22, 2015

Preventing Personal Injuries at Swimming Pool This Summer

With the school year ending and the weather getting warmer, many families will be heading to swimming pools across the Carolinas this summer. While a trip to the swimming pool can offer a lot of family fun, it can result in serious accidents, which can have a devastating effect on those involved.

1262339_swimming_pool.jpgAccording to a recent news article form WJHG, doctors and hospitals are urging parents to help keep kids safe when in or around a swimming pool. One of the most important things parents can do is make sure children are under adult supervision at all times. A child should never be left alone at a pool. Proper adult supervision can go a long way to prevent drownings and near drownings.

While children of all ages have been victims of drowning, research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown children between the ages of one and four have the highest drowning rates. It is recommended that any infants or toddlers in the pool should never be allowed to get more than an arm's length from an adult supervisor.

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April 26, 2015

Man Drowns in Lake Marion

Despite snowfall at a Detroit Tigers game this week, we are entering a time of year when the weather gets warmer and days get longer, especially in South Carolina. As the weather turns hot, more and more people will be hitting the beach and swimming in local lakes and neighborhood swimming pools. While this can be a lot of fun for the whole family, swimming can result in tragic drowning, and it is important to familiarize yourself with drowning risks and what to do in case of an emergency.

1285110_fishing_boat.jpgAccording to a recent article from The Island Packet, a man drowned in Lake Marion. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) authorities are investigating the recent fatal drowning accident, which occurred in Santee State Park.

Authorities say the 62-year-old victim was in the process of launching his boat when he tried to jump from the dock to his boat, and he fell into the lake. His wife was already in the boat and tried to throw out some tie down lines, but her husband could not manage to grab them in time and drowned.

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August 3, 2014

Pool Drowning Litigation Gives Rise to Claims of Multiple Occurrences

A recently-released report by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reveals that between 2008 and 2012, there were 138 children who died as a result of unintentional drowning in this state. It accounted for 13 percent of all child deaths in the state, making it the No. 3 cause of death for children in this time frame (preceded by motor vehicle crashes, which accounted for half of all child deaths). pool2.jpg

Our Charlotte swimming pool accident attorneys know the largest number of these incidents occur in the summer. The same is generally true across the country, when more pools are open, accessible and in use.

Adequate safety measures and supervision of children in and around the pool at all times is critical. The recent case of Fellowship of Christian Athletes v. Ironshore Specialty Ins. shows what can happen when adequate supervision is not employed. Here, apparent negligence by camp counselors and organizers resulted in the death of not one but two campers who attended a pool party and were left unattended in the pool area, despite not having the ability to swim.

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July 2, 2014

Keeping Kids Safe this Fourth of July

Fourth of July weekend is a great time for families to have a cookout and enjoy a day at the pool. While this can be a lot of fun, our personal injury lawyers urge you to take extra precautions to make sure the kids stay safe.

fireworks12.jpgA swimming pool, whether it is the backyard or a public facility, poses many dangers to children. Some of these dangers, like drowning, are obvious, but there are also some less obvious dangers like slip and fall accidents. According the North Carolina Child Fatality Prevention Team, an average of 29 children will die each year across the state from drowning. Many of these deaths occur in children aged one to five and primarily in children with little or no prior swimming lessons or other experience with the water. It was also noted that insufficient supervision of small children at the pool played a large part in these tragedies.

It is imperative that small children be watched at all times when they are in the water. It is also important for parents to familiarize themselves with what drowning actually looks like. In the movies and on TV, we are used to seeing people thrashing around in the water with arms flailing wildly. We see huge splashes until the victim finally slips below the surface of the water. While this Hollywood depiction of drowning may add to the drama on the big screen, it is often far from what drowning looks like in real life. Often, drowning victims have reached a level of fatigue that makes it difficult to keep their heads above water. Once a victim starts having trouble breathing, he or she may start to experience blackouts, hypoxia, or other neurological symptoms caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. The victim will likely be completely silent at this point, with very little movement.

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May 13, 2014

Pools and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Swimming pools pose a number of obvious dangers to children -- including drowning, slip and fall, and injuries caused by diving. One of the lesser known risks of home swimming pools is carbon monoxide poisoning. A South Carolina family is hoping to raise awareness about swimming pool carbon monoxide poisoning after losing their son in 2013. The family has established a foundation to prevent future accidents, injuries, and wrongful death caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to USA Today, hotel guests are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. In the past three years 8 people have died and 170 others have been treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in hotels, which rarely have CO detectors. Our Charleston personal injury attorneys are committed to raising safety awareness to prevent accidents and injuries. We provide strategic counsel and representation to help victims recover after an accident.

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July 22, 2013

Keeping Pool Grounds Safe: Tips for Owners

Pools are part of daily life in North and South Carolina. Despite a general knowledge of pool safety, pool owners as well as visitors should be aware of the potential dangers on pool grounds. Public and private pool operators must take appropriate steps to keep grounds safe and to prevent accidents and injuries that could be deadly.

Pool owners can be held liable in the event of an injury or accidental death if they are found to be negligent. Our Charleston personal injury attorneys are experienced with the investigation of pool accidents and will bring all relevant claims against responsible individuals and entities. We are also dedicated to accident prevention and want to keep South Carolina residents and their families safe when using pools this summer season.


If you are a pool owner, you should keep your pool gated and locked. While new technology has created high-tech pool alarms in the event of trespass, you should continue to supervise your children in the pool area. All residential pool owners must have proper fencing around swimming areas.

Another danger on pool grounds involves the pool's filtration systems. Numerous fatalities have occurred on public and private pool grounds when small children have gotten caught or "suctioned" to a pool's filter drain. There are city and state requirements regarding filtration systems and safety requirements.

Meeting code requirements is important not only for pool safety, but for insurance purposes. While pools are usually installed by professionals who have training and know insurance requirements, homeowners who try to install a pool themselves should also have a clear understanding of their obligations under the law. Not only could a violation create a safety hazard, it could open up a pool owner to liability in the event of an accident. City inspectors who find violations can fine both public and private pool owners and operators until the pool meets state and local requirements.

Pool regulation offenses may be uncommon because owners must first obtain a permit before building a pool. Usually this involves an involved inspection process. Overtime, a gate, guardrail or other safety measure may fail. Property owners are responsible for fixing or replacing any issues in a reasonable amount of time. Negligent maintenance of a pool area could also give rise to liability.

One primary key to safety is supervision. If you have young children, you should always be supervising them when at a pool. While a lifeguard at a public or private pool can be helpful, they should not be your only source of supervision when at a pool. Where there is no lifeguard, parents should be extra careful to supervise swimming and playing children when in a pool area.

Another issue for pool owners is whether a pool has the depth to be safe for diving. Water slides must also meet requirements to avoid injuries and liability. Pool owners should warn swimmers if the depth cannot accommodate diving or if diving poses a safety hazard.

Pool accidents can be severe resulting in head injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and paralysis. In the most severe cases, a pool incident can result in drowning and fatality. To prevent injury, pool owners should be aware of all safety requirements and know what action to take in the event of an emergency. There should also be emergency equipment on-hand to best respond to an accident.

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June 11, 2013

Carolina Pool Safety: Signs of Drowning May Not Be What You Think

Whether out on the lake, in the ocean, or at a pool, swimmers and observers should be aware of the signs of drowning. Taking immediate action can make the difference between permanent injury, or life and death. A recent article published by Slate highlights the reality that it is often difficult to identify a drowning victim. While some may assume that drowning victims will be screaming or thrashing, this is not often the case.

According to experts, drowning is not usually identifiable by thrashing in the water, violet yelling or a call for help. Drowning can be "deceptively quiet" according to a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer who has often seen victims of drowning overlooked, even by close bystanders. Our Charlotte swimming accident attorneys want to keep our clients and the community safe by promoting swimming safety and to provide information on how to spot a drowning victim.


When watching movies, drowning victims wave, yell and call for help. In fact, drowning victims may not splash or show any sign of struggle. Medical experts in the field have reported that The Instinctive Drowning Response, is what victims actually do to avoid suffocating underwater. Essentially, a drowning victim may go into shock and the reaction is not very dramatic to bystanders.

Drowning is the number two cause of accidental death to children under the age of 5. Surprisingly, nearly half of deaths will be within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. Parents may even be watching their children without knowing that they are drowning.

In reality, victims are unable to call out for help. A respiratory system, designed for breathing, makes speech secondary. Victims may become paralyzed as the body focuses exclusively on taking in air. A drowning victim's mouth may sink under water then reappear. Mouths of victims are usually not above the water long enough to inhale and call for help so they breath in quickly before their mouth sinks below the surface.

The same way that a victim is unable to call for help, a victim cannot wave. Instinctively, victims will extend their arms and press down on the surface of the water to leverage for air. In this position, victims cannot control arm movements. A victim will usually remain upright in the water with no evidence of kicking. The terrifying thing about drowning, is that the physiological response to drowning makes victims unable to call out for help; and, a victim can usually only struggle between 20 and 60 seconds before they are fully submerged.

If you and your family will be out swimming this summer, remember to keep small children away from the water when unattended. You should also remain aware of the signs of drowning including a head low in the water, tilted back, glassy or empty eyes, closed eyes, hair over forehead or eyes, the inability to use legs, or gasping. By identifying the signs of a drowning victim, you can also take appropriate action when a victim needs help.

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April 18, 2013

Keeping Young Ones Safe in Carolina Swimming Pools

It's that time of year again -- when we get to open up our swimming pools and enjoy some fun in the sun. Whether you're swimming in the pool at your home, the pool in your community, at a public pool or at a friend's pool, you're reminded to keep safety as a number one priority.
According to federal statistics, fatal drowning accidents continue to be the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for residents under the age of 14. For children who are under the age of 4, the risks is much higher.

Our Charlotte swimming pool accident attorneys understand that for every child who is killed in a swimming pool accident, another four are sent to the emergency room for care for serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are close to 400 fatalities and more than 2,500 emergency room visits each year among children under the age of 5. Most of these accidents happen in home pools, too.

Who is most at risk for these swimming pool accidents?

-About 80 percent of the victims of these accidents are male.

-Children under the age of 14 are most commonly the victims of swimming pool accident.

-Minorities (African Americans) see a significantly higher rate of drowning fatalities than whites.

There are quite a few factors present in these drowning accidents. One of the most common is the lack of swimming ability. It's important that we're making sure our young ones are provided with the proper swimming skills at an early age.

It's also important to make sure that we're properly protecting our young ones from the pool. This means to make sure that you've got the proper barriers surrounding your pool. Make sure that they are equipped with a lock that cannot be accessed by our young ones. When a fence of a barrier is in place, we can reduce our child's risk by close to 85 percent.

Lack of proper supervision is also a common factor in these accidents. Supervision is more than just being in the same area as your pool and your young swimmers. You want to make sure that you're always watching them.

Location is going to tell you a lot about your risks, too. If you've got a swimming pool in your home, your risks are up there. If you live near lakes or rivers, your risks are pretty high, too. Don't forget that there are ways to help to prevent these risks though, regardless of where you live. You have to make sure that these areas can't be accessed by your little ones.

It's important that we're keeping the conversation active about water safety with our young ones. Awareness and education is one of the best ways to help to prevent these accidents. Make sure you provide them with the tools and supervision they need to stay safe out there, whether swimming in water or playing around it.

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September 13, 2012

Youngsters at High Risk for Drowning Accidents in North & South Carolina

We're finally out of the summer season, but drowning risks for children continue well into the fall in the Carolinas. In fact, safety advocates say putting your guard down as summer wanes can actually increase the risk -- particularly if you have young children.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), there were more than 135 children under the age of 15 who were killed in drowning accidents during the summer season in the United States. All of these fatalities happened between Memorial Day holiday and Labor Day. This doesn't count the number of near-drowning accidents. Near-drowning cases often result in very grave injuries, including traumatic brain injury.
"We are losing too many children to drowning, tragically cutting short these young lives and leaving families devastated," said Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC Chairman.

Our Asheville personal injury attorneys understand the risks children face, whether around a small inflatable backyard pool, or playing in the Atlantic Ocean. They happen when parents are around and they happen when children are left unsupervised. As a matter of fact, about 55 happened right after the child left an adult who was in the immediate vicinity. Another 31 happened when there were adults present at the pool.

The CPSC won't have final statistics until later this year. These were only the accidents that were reported by the media through the summer months.

North Carolina is one of the states that typically records the highest number of drowning accidents. The unfortunate part about most of these accidents is that they could have been prevented. Parents need to keep a closer eye on children when they're playing near a pool and they need to better protect their pools to make sure they cannot be accessed by our young ones when we're not around!

When breaking down these numbers, we can see that about 100 of the more than 135 kids who drowned during this time were under the age of 5. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4.

According to the CPSC, from 2007 to 2009 there were an annual average of more than 240 young children killed in drowning accidents during the summer season. Drownings during this time account for more than 60 percent of the drownings that happen all year.

To help to reduce the risks of these kinds of accidents, officials with the CPSC are launching their Pool Safety Campaign. The campaign is reminding parents of simple safety steps that should be taken to protect kids around pools. Officials are asking parents, guardians and other adults to remain near kids in the water, always stay alert, watch children when they're in and even around pools and to protect their pool from child access when they're not around!

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June 7, 2012

Swimming Pool Accidents in Greenville and Elsewhere Likely during Summer

The weather is warming up and the sun is shining. This time of the year provides the perfect conditions to get outside and to take a dip in the pool. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings about dangerous conditions for children especially. During the summer months, children face some of the highest risks for swimming pool accidents in Greenville and elsewhere.
According to SafeKids, there has been an average of about 800 children under the age 15-years-old who have died every year since 1999 because of unintentional drowning. In 2008, there were nearly 750 of these fatal accidents. They're completely preventable. It just takes some awareness from parents and caregivers.

Our Greenville swimming pool accident attorneys understand that the summertime is a fun time for young residents across the country. Kids are let out of school on summer break and the weather warms up just in time. We're counting on parents to keep an extra watchful eye on our young swimmers this summer to help to prevent accidents. Without you, these young children are virtually helpless in and around the pool.

As a matter of fact, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death among kids under the age of 14-years-old. From 2006 to 2008, there have been more than 5,000 spa- or pool-related submersion injuries treated at emergency rooms across the county.

Parents and guardians are urged to keep an eye on the younger children. Kids under the age of 5 account for more than 75 percent of reported swimming pool fatalities. They also account for about 80 percent of E.R. submissions for such injuries.

Most of these kinds of accidents happen at homes rather than at public pools. It's not just swimming that we need to worry about. We also need to keep an eye on children near pool drains. From 1995 to 2005, there were about 100 cases of body entrapment by a spa or pool drain. There were another 45 reports of hair entanglement in these drains during this time.

It's time to set up some safety measures to help to prevent any of these kinds of accidents during the summer season. Parents are urged to set up four-sided fences around their home's pool. These fences can potentially prevent 50 to 90 percent of drowning accidents. Parents and guardians are also encouraged to look into door alarms, pool covers, pool alarms, etc. to keep kids away. Drain covers are also highly recommended.

Here are some more tips to help to prevent backyard drownings:

-Keep pools fenced and locked whenever adults are not present.

-Whenever above ground pools are not being used, remove the steps.

-Always keep rescue equipment nearby.

-Learn CPR and First-Aid.

-Always supervise children in the pool, even if they're able to swim.

-Never substitute flotation devices for supervision.

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July 3, 2011

Lee Law Offices Wish You and Your Family a Safe and Fun Fourth of July

The lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. wish everyone a fun and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday weekend.

And in order to have fun, you must stay safe. We hope that all North Carolinians will heed to safety tips and go out of their way to make sure this Independence Day weekend is free from preventable injuries and deaths. Avoid reckless behavior that results in injuries in Winston-Salem.
As previously documented on the North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, there will be an estimated 39 million Americans driving this holiday weekend, which leaves open the possibility of accidents, so stay safe on the roads. And as discussed on the North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, fireworks are a major cause of injuries to children, especially during holidays such as the Fourth of July. Let the professionals handle the fireworks.

Many people believe Memorial Day is the official start of boating season because the weather gets warmer and it's the first holiday weekend of the spring and summer months. So now that we're officially in the summer months, boaters will likely be active this weekend. If you are planning a trip out on the water, take extra precautions to be free from boating accidents in Winston-Salem and elsewhere throughout the state.

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, there were 368,004 registered boats statewide in 2009, the most recent data available. And in that year, there were 154 boating accidents and 21 fatal accidents. The latter number represents the third-highest number of deaths on the waters in the last decade.

And according to the commission, July is the month during which the most accidents occur and is the deadliest month. In 2009, 32 accidents occurred in July and six people died that year in July.
The commission points out that operator inattention and operator inexperience are the top two causes of accidents, followed by being careless or reckless and congested waters. The majority of accidents occur on open motorboats, followed by personal watercraft accidents.

So, avoid catastrophic injuries in Asheville by following these boating safety tips:

  • Always have enough safety jackets
  • Make sure you have working boat lights
  • Always notify someone when you are leaving and when you plan to be back
  • Be well-rested so you can pay attention
  • Never boat and drive

Among fatal accidents, alcohol use was the number three leading cause. In non-fatal accidents, alcohol use ranked 11th. This shows how much alcohol can affect a boating accident, so please designate a captain.

But if you plan a relaxing time at home this weekend free of travel, please heed to safety tips to avoid swimming pool accidents in Charlotte.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 26 children died of drowning between 2005 and 2009. There were 28 in 2009 and 30 in 2008.

Swimming pools may be fun and refreshing, but they can also be dangerous. Running along the edge of a pool and slipping can cause injury, as can pool drains that suck in and injure children. And keep in mind that near-drowning incidents can cause lifelong injuries as well.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for swimming pool safety:

  • Never leave your children alone near or in the pool
  • Be within an arm's length of a child younger than 5 in the pool
  • Install a fence or lock the area to the pool when it's not in use
  • Keep rescue equipment and a phone nearby the pool
  • Remove toys from the pool so children aren't tempted to reach for them

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June 5, 2011

Pool drain cover recall leaves Greensboro swimmers at high risk of entrapment or drowning in pool accidents

Pentair Water Pool and Spa in Sanford, N.C., is one of many pool drain cover manufacturers that has been investigated for selling faulty drain covers to consumers, according to an article in USA Today. Swimming pool accidents in Greensboro, Hickory and elsewhere in the state are more common this time of year, so adults, babysitters and lifeguards at public pools must keep a watchful eye on small children in order to avoid an entrapment or drowning incident in the pool.

We first documented the potential pool drain cover recall in April on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, when we reported that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) subpoenaed documents from three laboratories that had tested pool and spa drain covers.

The investigation found that the testing process that determines the flow rating of drain covers was done improperly, thereby certifying certain drain covers to comply with standards that weren't matched to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The CPSC recently announced a recall of about 1 million pool drain covers, which led to the closing of public pools with faulty drain covers.

"I know this is a very difficult message for many communities to hear so close to Memorial Day weekend, but we cannot risk a child becoming entrapped in a recalled drain cover," said Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC Chairwoman.

The P&SS Act went into effect in 2008 to prevent pool accidents, especially with small children, in which the drain's suction sucks them into the drain and traps them under water. Faulty drain covers can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries if a child can't break loose of the drain's suction.

Other manufacturers besides Pentair Water Pool and Spa who have recalled drain covers include: A&A Manufacturing of Phoenix; AquaStar Pool Products of San Diego; Color Match Pool Fittings of Surprise, AZ; Custom Molded Products of GA; Hayward Pool Products of NJ; Rising Dragon USA of TN; and Waterway Plastics of CA.

Pool Safely reports there have already been 55 drownings and another 63 near-drownings leading into Memorial Day weekend across the U.S. in 2011. As part of a national crusade, the CPSC is kicking off the second year of the Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign to reduce entrapment or submersion incidents in public or private pools.

If you are a pool owner and have questions about your drain cover, call the pool industry's drain cover recall hotline at 1-866-478-3521 to get the answers you need. You can also visit The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals for detailed information about pool and spa drain cover recalls.

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June 3, 2011

Pool Safely campaign aimed at reducing drowning deaths in Winston-Salem, elsewhere in country

We posted previously on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog that swimming pool drain defects and faulty drain covers can lead to a high risk of drowning accidents in North Carolina. Our Winston-Salem personal injury lawyers want to remind pool owners that drain covers are not the only risk involved in swimming pools, so use caution when you are supervising small children as we head into the heart of swimming season.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced there have been 118 pool and spa incidents reported in the first five months of 2011 in 29 different states and regions. Additional statistics provided by CPSC show that:

-96 percent of victims who are submersed in pools will die and 72 percent of fatalities occur the same day as the incident.

-4 percent of near-drowning victims survive beyond a week. In most cases, they will have extensive injuries that require medical care.

-From 2006 to 2008, approximately 383 pool and spa-related drowning incidents occurred with children under the age of 15.

-76 percent of drowning fatalities were children younger than age 5 from 2006 to 2008.

-About 5,100 emergency room visits occurred from 2008 to 2010 involving pool-related accidents for children 14 and under; 79 percent of injuries involved children under 5.

-Children ages 4 and younger accounted for 84 percent of fatalities (2006-2008) and 61 percent of injuries (2008-2010) taking place at residential locations.

"CPSC's new data shows that the number of drownings and near-drownings involving children younger than 5 are still a serious public health issue," said Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum. "CPSC is committed to reducing the number of drowning and near-drowning incidents in swimming pools and spas in the country. The Pool Safely campaign and its partners encourage parents and children to take as many water safety steps as possible to help save a life."

The Pool Safely campaign is a national event to create awareness and practice safe behaviors in order to reduce the number of submersion and entrapment accidents in pools, which often lead to drowning.

Advocating for the campaign, Safe Kids North Carolina offers the following simple steps to save lives:

-Adults should actively supervise children near water at all times.

-Barriers that include self-closing, self-latching gates should be properly installed around the perimeter of private pools.

-Keep a close proximity to children swimming in a pool. Stay alert for inappropriate behavior.

-Adults, including babysitters, should know how to swim and perform CPR when supervising children playing or swimming in water areas.

-Alarms, barriers and sensors should be installed around pools to make them a safer environment for small children.

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April 10, 2011

Drain defects can lead to North Carolina swimming pool accidents

An investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding the safety of spa and pool drain covers. They are questioning the testing process that determines the flow rating of these covers. It has been discovered that some laboratories may have used improper testing protocols when certifying these covers to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act). If flow ratings are inaccurate spa and pool drains may fail to prevent a drain entrapment.

Our Greensboro personal injury lawyers are aware of the dangers spas and pools present due to the powerful suction of many pool and spa drains.
Three of the laboratories that test pool and spa drain covers were issued subpoenas by CPSC. The Commission received over 17,000 pages of information including the laboratories testing protocols, the test results and the type of covers tested. The massive amount of information continues to be analyzed by CPSC staff.

Unsafe drain covers in spas and pools endanger the public, something CPSC is trying to prevent. A public meeting was held last week by CPSC staff to seek answers from drain cover manufacturers, testing laboratories and other industry reps regarding current testing procedures, changes to testing procedures and the possible impact on consumer safety. CPSC wants to identify improperly tested covers in order to alert by Memorial Day weekend.

This investigation did not include large, unblockable drain covers and gravity drainage systems.

Pool and spa owners are urged to contact their product manufacturers and service providers for information on the certification and testing of drain covers. Caution should always be taken by parents and spa/pool operators in keeping children away from any pool and spa openings and drains. Non-compliant drain covers pose a risk to swimmers especially in wading pools, shallow kiddie pools or full size pools or spas with single main drain systems.

In December 2007, Congress passed the P&SS Act which went into effect a year later. Now, in order to comply with the law, all public spas and pools are required to install new anti-entrapment drain covers and other back up devices on single blockable drain systems. Pool service operator may have recommended residential pool owners have this safety measure too. All new spas and pools built since 2009 should have these new covers.

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November 26, 2010

Knightdale, North Carolina swimming pool accident leads to paralysis

The Greenville Reflector was among the media outlets reporting this week on the tragic North Carolina swimming pool accident that left a bride-to-be paralyzed.
Rachelle Friedman was the keynote speaker at the 14th annual Adapted Recreation and Wellness Day at East Carolina University. Six months ago she was pushed into a swimming pool by a good friend. She hit her head on the bottom, and is now paralyzed from the waist down. The accident happened a month before her wedding, which has not been put on hold while insurance and other issues are resolved. Our Greenville, North Carolina accident lawyers share this story as a tragic reminder of the consequences of swimming pool accidents.

The Washington Post reported that she holds no ill feelings for her friend -- the two had pushed each other into swimming pools repeatedly over the years.

The wedding has been postponed because the couple's combined income could prevent her from receiving the Medicaid checks she needs to pay for her care and rehabilitation.

In such cases, a North Carolina premise liability claim should be made against the pool owner's insurance coverage. While such a claim can be made in as amicable a manner as possible, it is vital that such accident victims move to protect their rights and their future physical and financial well-being.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 200,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury, and approximately 11,000 will suffer a paralyzing injury this year.

The initial cost of hospitalization has been estimated at $140,000. Average lifetime cost is between $500,000 and $1.5 million.

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