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Parents file wrongful death suit in North Carolina

Relatives of a child who was electrocuted and killed in a pool accident in North Carolina have filed a formal complaint against several entities associated with the incident. The 11-year-old girl's parents have filed a wrongful death suit that names the city of Lexington, North Carolina, along with several other utilities companies.

The family's attorneys claim that other power line incidents had plagued that community before the July 16 accident. In fact, the very power line that fell near the pool that day had failed in the past. As a result, the defendants in the case are accused of failing to provide appropriate maintenance and repair to the power line. The companies and municipal agencies are also accused of failing to respond to other, similar power line incidents that have recently occurred in the community.

Official reports show that the child was attending swim practice when the incident occurred. Witnesses saw a power line fall into a grassy area near the pool; a lifeguard told the girl and two of her teammates to exit the pool. Instead of getting out on the side of the pool, the child used the metal ladder, which caused her to suffer electrocution. The electrified water prevented staff members from rescuing the girl at first, but they were able to retrieve her and start performing CPR.

It is important to note that the child's official cause of death is listed as electrocution.

The victim's parents are seeking compensation for wrongful death and severe emotional distress, according to news reports. They are looking to recover more than $10,000 in compensatory and punitive damages in the case.

The child in this situation was an innocent victim of a set of agencies who failed to live up to their civic expectations. Because of those companies' negligence, the child needlessly died and a family was traumatized. Companies should be held responsible for their negligent actions, especially when they jeopardize the health and safety of the general public.

www.the-dispatch.com, "Family of young swimmer electrocuted in July sues" Darrick Ignasiak, Nov. 04, 2013

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