The family of Serenity Davis is suing Schlitterbahn Water Park after she lost part of her thumb when her hand was sucked into a wall vent. The young girl was swimming in the wave pool when her hand became trapped. The current pulled at Serenity but she was unable to free herself.
Nearby swimmers came to her aid, but when they finally freed her hand, part of the girls thumb was missing. It had been severed at the first knuckle during the extraction. People stayed with the girl, applying pressure on the wound, until emergency medical personnel arrived.
A wave pool is a swimming pool that mimics the ebb and flow of the ocean. Water is sucked in and pushed out to create real waves. It is a common fixture at many water parks throughout the United States.
In their lawsuit the family’s attorney is asking for unspecified damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and permanent disfigurement and physical impairment. Sadly, Serenity will bear this disfigurement and handicap throughout her life; there are certain activities and professions which she will be unable to experienced due to her injury. If the wall vent is a part of the pool’s design, it is possible that the water park will be found negligent. Serenity’s tragic accident shows that the current design poses unnecessary risk of a serious injury.
At Bergener Mirejovsky, our personal injury attorneys have handled injuries to children throughout California. Children are more likely than adults to suffer complications as a result of their injuries later in life, and to experience psychological distress following an accident. It is very important to speak to an experienced accident attorney after an incident such as this, in order to recover sufficient funds to cover future needs. These are not as easily assessed for children as they are for adults, and require a skilled team prepared to litigate when necessary.