Swimming Pool Company Found Guilty in Boy’s Drowning

What may be the first-known case of its kind, a swimming pool company president is charged with criminally negligent homicide.

In 2007, when a young Connecticut boy was swimming in a pool constructed by Shoreline Pools, he was sucked into the powerful drain pump. The child's arm was sucked into the drain, causing him to become trapped under the water until he drowned to death.

The Pool and Spa Safety Act was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush to prevent tragic swimming pool accidents like this one. Under that law, all pools and spas must have drain covers and safety vacuum release systems (SVRS) that can detect a blockage in the drain and immediately shut the suction off. This law was enacted to prevent drain entrapments or a swimmer becoming stuck in a drain that could lead to forceful removal of the internal organs, usually the bowel or intestines, forceful removal of the scalp, amputations, drowning, or death due to the powerful drain suction. In 2004, a Connecticut law was in place that required all pool manufacturers to install these safety devices. The president of Shoreline Pools was unaware of the law.

For decades, the Philadelphia Beasley wrongful death law firm has been successful in representing victims of swimming pool accidents and drownings. Our swimming pool accident team includes a swim club Board of Directors President and individual pool owners who are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of swimming pool safety.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a swimming pool accident or drowning please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia swimming pool attorneys at (215) 866-2424. Please feel free to look at our success record and call us for free, no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.


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