Pool & Spa Safety Act Claims Lawyer

November 24, 2020 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Virginia Graeme Baker was a seven year-old girl who learned how to swim when she was only three years old, was a member of her town's swim and dive team, and reportedly loved being in the water. These factors made it even more of a shock when she tragically drowned in a hot tub in 2002. According to reports, Baker suddenly became stuck to the bottom of the hot tub due to suction from the drain. She could not escape herself and her mother was also unable to free her. Finally, two men worked together to pull the girl out of the water, though the suction force was so great that the drain cover broke in the process. Following this tragic drowning accident, Baker's mother became an aggressive advocate for safe drains in pools and spas. Together with advocate group Safe Kids Worldwide, her mother successfully got the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act signed into law in 2007. The statute sets out strict regulations for pool and spa owners regarding maintenance of drains and installations of safe drain covers to avoid entrapment accidents. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) also launched a new division that aimed to provide guidelines for pool owners to keep their drains safe.

Negligence Per Se in Pool Drain Accidents

Unfortunately, not every pool and spa owner follows the regulations set out by the Pool & Spa Safety Act. When owners fail to meet the drain safety standards required by law and injury occurs as a result, a court should find them “negligent per se.” Negligent per se means that a court will find a party automatically negligent because they violated a public safety law, and the injured party does not have to do anything further to prove the defendant was negligent. Negligence per se often makes it easier for injured victims to recover via a legal claim.

Contact a Clearwater Pool & Spa Lawyer for a free consultation

At the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we are committed to helping injured victims recover from negligent parties. If you or your child has been injured because of a negligent pool owner who did not follow safety guidelines, we will work to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Please feel free to use our online contact form or to call our office at (727) 451-6900 to schedule a free consultation today.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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