Trial begins for Washington Twp. couple sued by pal paralyzed in swimming pool accident

Legal professionals for a Vandergrift man who suffered a damaged neck and spinal twine accidents in a swimming pool accident at a pal’s Washington Township house in 2013 on Monday requested a Westmoreland County jury to award him greater than $9 million in damages.

Jurors will spend the subsequent week listening to proof in a lawsuit filed by Michael Fraser, who claims his pal’s dad and mom have been negligent after they allowed of group of 21-year-old males to horseplay with a big raft of their household pool earlier than a vacation get together.

“The proof will present that if that raft was not within the pool, none of this might have occurred,” stated Fraser’s lawyer Mike Calder.

Calder stated Fraser’s accidents left him paralyzed from the waist down and that he requires around-the-clock care supplied by his brother and his dad and mom. Based on the lawsuit, Fraser, who has since graduated school and works as an actuary, is in search of as much as $8.9 million to cowl previous and future medical bills and care. He’s additionally in search of different unspecified financial damages within the lawsuit.

Based on the lawsuit, Fraser was injured when he jumped off a diving board and onto an inflatable 5-foot raft on the house of Robert and Laura O’Black. Legal professionals declare Fraser was catapulted off the raft — designed to be towed behind a ship — and hit his head on the underside of the pool.

The lawsuit contends the O’Blacks improperly allowed the raft within the pool and didn’t supervise their friends, together with Fraser. A warning label on the raft advises towards it getting used for diving, in accordance with Fraser’s lawsuit.

“The O’Black’s didn’t act responsibly. There have been no security guidelines for his or her pool and having no guidelines was careless,” Calder informed jurors. “That raft was a recipe for catastrophe and shouldn’t have been within the pool that day.”

In his opening assertion, Robert Loch, lawyer for the O’Blacks, informed jurors Fraser, a longtime pal and customer, was conscious of the pool guidelines and that it was his personal actions that led to his damage.

“The O’Blacks weren’t negligent and didn’t trigger this example. What occurred to Mike is a tragedy,” Loch stated. “They (The O’Black’s) didn’t run a Wild West present at their home and they’re sorry it occurred.”

Testimony within the trial will start on Tuesday.

Wealthy Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Overview employees author. You possibly can contact Wealthy at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or through Twitter .

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