According to a report on CBS 12 News in West Palm Beach, various swimming pool equipment manufacturers have issued a massive voluntary safety recall of swimming pool drain covers after the discovery that the covers could cause swimmers to get trapped on the bottom of the pool and drown. The drain covers in question are flat and relatively small, so a person’s body could completely seal off the cover, creating a suction force so strong that he or she could not get free.
Efforts to protect swimmer from drains gained national attention several years ago after news spread about a little girl named Virginia Graeme Baker, who drowned when she got stuck to the drain cover in a hot tub. Two grown men attempted to pull her to safety, but the force was so strong that they could not budge her. Another family almost lost their little boy, when a similar incident occurred in the family swimming pool. In that case, the boy’s mother was able to shut off the pump externally and then retrieve her son from the bottom of the pool. Even so, it was a close call, and another minute could have been the difference between life and death. If you ever are faced with a similar situation, be sure to run and turn off the pump, as this will be the best chance of saving the person who has been trapped. The force of the pump can be equal to several hundred pounds of force, and most people simply are not strong enough to free someone from that kind of pressure.
Our West Palm Beach swimming pool injury attorney knows how vital it is to remedy any safety defects in your swimming pool right away. Although many public pools are going to be closed so that the covers can be replaced, private home pools are not subject to as much regulation and could continue to operate without the drain covers being changed. Most homeowners probably do not even know what brand of drain cover they are using in their pools. If you have a swimming pool, you should hire a professional pool maintenance specialist to come and see if your drain cover is one of the recalled brands. Checking it yourself can be difficult and dangerous.
Among the brands affected by the swimming pool drain cover recall are the following: A&A Manufacturing; AquaStar Pool Products, Inc.; Color Match Pool Fittings; Custom Molded Products; Hayward Pool Products; Pentair Water Pool and Spa; Rising Dragon USA; and Waterway Plastics. These manufacturers hail from all over the United States, including California, Tennessee, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey. Even if you purchased your drain cover in Florida, it may have come from one of these manufacturers.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death as a result of a faulty drain cover, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Manufacturers are responsible for defects in the design of their products that make those products unreasonably dangerous when used as intended or in foreseeable ways. According to the report, most of the drain covers in question were made between 2008 and 2011. Local restricts injured parties to filing personal injury or Florida wrongful death claims within certain limited periods of time, so do not delay. Call our West Palm Beach product liability lawyer today for a consultation to determine what your rights are and how to get you the compensation you deserve.
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