By Rebecca Robledo 5.3.2012
The first drain entrapment lawsuit known to have successfully cited the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act has been settled.
In July 2009, 56-year-old Bill Stock, a paraplegic, was held under water after his foot and leg became trapped on a large suction grate while he was swimming in a large lagoon pool at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa in Honolulu.
According to court records, it took three adults to free Stock, who died the next day.
Stock’s family sued the Hilton and a number of other parties involved in the lagoon’s engineering, construction and design. The suit was for negligence, wrongful death, and violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act and the VGBA.