A tragedy out of San Bernardino County this month is highlighting the dangerous children face every day on properties where there are pools and hot tubs. Without proper supervision, these summer getaways can turn deadly for children. In a matter of seconds, everything can change and a family may never fully recover from the tragedy.
This particular pool accident ended in the death of a 4-year-old boy from Highland after his hand got stuck in a pool drain. Reports indicate that he had been playing in an in-ground hot tub when his hand became lodged in the spa’s filter. Despite performing CPR after pulling the boy from the water, firefighters were not able to save the boy and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Because of the recentness of the accident, there are a lot of unknown facts that could establish liability in the case. If the spa was located on someone else’s property, they could be held liable for the boy’s death. But if there was a defect in the drain filter that the homeowner did not know about, then it’s possible that the hot tub’s manufacturer could be held liable.
Some might consider assigning liability a trivial thing; but in a case such as this, where a person has suffered an injury or has been killed, knowing who is liable is an important piece of information. That’s because it can help establish fault if the victim’s family decides to take legal action later on.
Although filing a civil lawsuit against the at-fault party will not bring back a loved one, it can help with the grieving process and can even give you closure. If compensation is received, those funds can even help pay for funeral expenses. If the family in this case intends on taking the same action then they too could experience the same thing.
Source: The Los Angeles Times, “Boy, 4, drowns in hot tub after hand gets stuck in suction drain,” Veronica Rocha, June 2, 2014
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