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.
If you or a loved one is injured as a guest on someone’s property, or on business property, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Representing North and South Carolina, including Reidsville, Roxboro, Rutherfordton, Salisbury, Shelby and Statesville.