Girl injured by pool drain despite law which requires pools and spas to have drain covers

A three year old Florida girl was injured when her arm was stuck in a pool drain. Rescue workers had to use jackhammers and respirator equipment to save the little girl after her mother had kept her head above water waiting for rescue workers to arrive. The girl is reported to be in stable condition according to ABC News.

In 2007, the Federal Law mandating that all public swimming pools and hot tubs must have a drain cover installed. The Pool and Spa Safety Act required a cover to protect young people from being sucked into drains.

Before the law was enacted, at least one person was killed per year because of a pool drain. The Consumer Product Safety commission found that the pressure on a pool drain can be more than 300 pounds per square inch.

Even though the law has been in effect for over a year and a half, compliance has been low. The law states that any pool not fit with the cover must be closed. In Florida, one study found that 70% of the pool drains were non-compliant even six months after the Safety Act was signed.

In a case like this Florida girl, the property owner may be found negligent in a civil suit for failing to install the drain cover. In a negligence lawsuit, a person is eligible to receive compensation for injuries including medical and rehabilitation costs if a person had negligent behavior which resulted in the injury.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured because of the negligence of another. Negligent cases can include drowning cases, dog bites, incorrectly installed playground equipment or slip, trip and falls. Car accidents, medical malpractice and construction accidents also may fall under the General Negligence category.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.