John Edwards Blog:
7/05/2007 at 1:28 PM EST
This is exactly the type of case that John describes in “Four Trials”. Read this, and then decide on the best response when Righties are critical of John for being a trail lawyer!:
Pool Drain Pulls Small Intestine Out Of Young Girl
Minneapolis – A 6-year-old Edina, Minn. girl has been hospitalized after a horrific accident at a swimming pool.
Abigail Taylor was severely injured Friday when she sat over an open drain hole in a wading pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club. Now Abigail’s father has a warning to other families: Pool and hot tub drain accidents are a hidden danger that many of us don’t understand. [Scott Taylor never said this]
Abigail has big brown eyes, a dazzling smile and at just 6 years old she has already competed in local swim meets.
“She loves to swim,” said her father Scott Taylor.
Her love of swimming is why her family didn’t think twice when she played at a kiddie pool at the family’s golf club on Friday night. Taylor said as Abigail was getting out of the pool, she fell.
“She more or less blacked out, she passed out, fell face-first onto the pool decking,” he said. The family thought it was a seizure. [I don’t know where tapster gets his information, but NBC news quotes Mrs Taylor: “Her mom says Abbey somehow pulled herself off the drain and out of the pool before collapsing into the deep end of the regular pool.” Why would Mr Taylor say something contrary to what Mrs Taylor said?]
An ambulance rushed her to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Several hours later a surgeon said Abigail was lucky to be alive.
“The suction had caused a two-inch tear in her rectum and had basically disemboweled her by pulling out her small intestines, almost all of it,” said Taylor.
Her father said a search of the pool filter turned up Abigail’s intestine. He said Abigail was seriously wounded because the cover of the drain had been removed. [And this is somehow the pool manufacturers fault???]
In most public pools the drain cover is screwed in and cannot be pulled off. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the pressure on some pool drains can be as strong as 300 pounds per square inch.
“It never even crosses anybody’s mind that potential at the bottom of that pool is enough force to literally disembowel a child, an adult,” said Taylor.
Abigail will have to be fed intravenously for the rest of her life and will have to have a colostomy bag.
“We view it as a miracle that she’s still with us,” her father said.
She is improving. Wednesday morning she stunned her family by asking a question.
“She said, ‘Am I going to be on the news?’ She said, ‘Why do you ask?’ She said, ‘Because I want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else,'” recalled Taylor.
Since 1990, 170 people, mostly children, have been caught in drains and 27 of them have died. Legislation is pending that would require pools and hot tubs to have multiple drains to ease the suction. [Oh, there’s a real solution. Don’t require a business to properly maintain a perfectly good pool or staff their business with certified pool technicians and maintenance personnel, instead put the burden on the manufacturer.]
Some pools have a safety vacuum cutoff which shuts down if someone is trapped. New drain covers which cost less than $50 can also help.
According to the Associated Press, an official at the golf club expressed sympathy for the family and said he didn’t think anything was wrong with the pool, but referred questions to the club’s attorney, who declined to comment. [Gosh, I wonder why? Could it be that the Golf Club is negligent and not the pool manufacturer??]
John Edwards isn’t even a good lawyer, let alone a good candidate for President. Why would you want a president that doesn’t even recognize where the origin of the negligence is? Could it be that John is worried that if he sued the Club instead of the manufacturer, that he might be sneared at, at HIS Golf Club? Maybe he might lose tee time privileges. John may not be an ambulance chaser as some accuse him, but he sure as hell doesn’t gather his facts well, and will definitely put the blame where it doesn’t belong.
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