Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “What if a loved one dies from the injuries sustained in a serious accident while the case is pending?”
A recent accident during a Lexington, NC swim team practice left one young 11-year-old girl dead and her family members struggling with unanswered questions over how such a tragedy could have happened.
The accident occurred at the Brookside Swim Club in Davidson County, NC several weeks ago when a power line snapped and fell onto the parking lot of the swim club. For reasons investigators are still trying to understand, this electricity was then routed into the pool and led to the electrocution of the 11-year-old. Police say at the time of the accident two other girls were in the pool but were able to jump out safely.
According to authorities, the swim team coach was standing on the side of the pool talking to parents when she heard a loud popping noise coming from the parking lot. After seeing smoke, she asked the lifeguards to have the girls get out of the water. As the lifeguards went over to the water, two of the girls were able to safely jump out of the pool while the third girl grabbed the pool ladder and was immediately electrocuted.
Eyewitnesses said it was difficult to rescue the young girl because the water was electrified and the lifeguards were shocked every time they reached out towards her. They finally used a plastic swim toy to prop the girl’s head above water and then slowly pull her from the pool. Sadly, it was too late and the girl was declared dead upon arriving at the hospital.
Firefighters from Davidson County have now been tasked with discovering what went wrong in the accident and how the downed power line could have resulted in such a tragedy. Specifically, many people want to know why the electricity was diverted into the water of the pool when the power line broke. In the meantime, a family grieves the sudden and unexplained loss of their young daughter.
If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys and lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828.
About the Author:
Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member with Arnold & Smith, PLLC where he focuses his practice on Personal Injury, Family Law and Business Litigation. Mr. Arnold began his career handling insurance defense litigation for several major insurance companies. He also went on to handle business litigation cases and high value mortgage fraud cases, primarily in Superior Court.
Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, graduating from Providence Senior High School and continued his education at Belmont Abbey College on a basketball scholarship. After graduating cum laude he attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship. In his spare time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time on the North Carolina Coast with his wife and three young children: two daughters and one son.
“11-year-old NC girl electrocuted in pool accident,” by The Associated Press, published at WCNC.com.
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