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Mother Files $12.5M Oregon Child Injury Lawsuit After Daughter Nearly Drowns in Pool

Six months after her daughter almost died in an Oregon pool accident, Kimberlee Rhodes is seeking $12.5 million for the child injuries. Victoria, 6, was attending a children’s summer camp when the near-drowning accident happened. Defendants include the U.S. West Coast Taekwondo Association, the Tigard-Tualatin Aquatic District, and school leaders Richard Shin and Jay Shin.
In her Oregon drowning accident lawsuit, Rhodes says she told the camp organizers that Victoria couldn’t swim and that they reassured her there would be other activity options for non-swimmers. However, on August 20, 2010, her daughter ended up in the Tigard High School pool.
Police and medical workers were called after Victoria was found underwater. She wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse.
Victoria was transported to the hospital critical condition. She was later taken to another hospital where she stayed until October.
Rhodes says that her daughter is still recovering. She blames the camp organizer for “failing to keep a proper lookout” over Victoria. She also claims that the people who were supposed to watch her daughter were inadequately trained.
Pool Drowning Accidents
For those who are lucky enough to survive a poor drowning accident, the risk of serious injury is high. Near-drowning accidents can cause brain damage, hypoxia, cardiac arrest, asystole, bradycardia, and ventricular dysrhythmias. The experience can also be incredibly traumatizing.
It is no secret that young kids and non-swimmers are among those at highest risk of drowning. It is important that they are adequately supervised when they are in the pool. There should also be emergency equipment in the pool area.
Pool owners and parties in charge of overseeing pool safety can be held liable if someone gets hurt or dies. Unfortunately, swimming pool accidents are an all too common occurrence.
Lawsuit seeks $12.5 million in damages following near-drowning at Tigard pool last year, Oregon Live, February 14, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Drowning, emedicinehealth
Water Safety, Protect Your Child from Drowning, MayoClinic
Drownings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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