Parents of Drowned Child v. Public Pool Operators 2016
STCN trial lawyer Ray Thomas brought a case against the operators of a public swimming pool for permanent brain damage suffered by a six year-old girl due to inattentive life guards and insufficient safety procedures. The current operator and others paid their seven figure insurance limits, but a school district that had transferred the pool operation, with all its pool staff, 35 days before the little girl was injured argued that they could not be liable because they didn’t have the pool anymore. The trial court agreed and dismissed the case, but STCN appellate attorney Jim Coon took the case to the Oregon Court of Appeals and got it reversed and sent back for trial. The school district decided not to fight any further and settled the case for the legal limits of its liability.