North Carolina Drowning Accident Claims the Life of a 12-Year-Old Boy at Wastewater-Treatment Plant Lagoon

March 17, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

In what appears to be a North Carolina drowning accident in a lagoon at a wastewater-treatment plant, a 12-year-old boy lost his ilfe on Friday after he entered the premise through a back fence with 13 other youths. According to police, the boy slipped on a plastic liner that was there to prevent the waste from leaking through the sides and bottom of the lagoon and landed in the water. Two of the kids he was with jumped in to try to save him but failed.

Rescue workers used a net to sift through the 2-3-acre sewage treatment pond. Unfortunately, lightning forced them to stop the search until Saturday morning.

They recovered the boy’s body at around 11:30am today. Northampton County Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Parnel said that because rescuers were dealing with a sewage treatment bond, divers were not able to the water. Also, because the pond’s bottom is a rubber line that could be ruptured, they could not use drag instruments and metal rods.


North Carolina Wrongful Death

If someone you love was killed in an accident on another person’s property, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit involving North Carolina premises liability. However, a lot of this will depend on the specifics of your case and the experience of your legal representation.

For example, generally, people who were hurt on a property that they weren’t given permission to be on usually cannot sue for damages. That said, there are exceptions.  For example, there is the “attractive nuisance” doctrine. Per the rule, if the property owner anticipates that a minor might enter the property, then the landowner must exercise reasonable care to prevent North Carolina injuries to a minor. The doctrine provides protection to small children or those whose age is “tender.” However, the doctrine doesn’t apply to “common dangers” and in certain cases, it has been found that the premise owner’s responsibility only existed where he/she knew that the minor was on the grounds. Yet there have been cases where constructive knowledge was enough.

Obviously, North Carolina premises liability law, its interpretation, and any exceptions can be complex and difficult to understand without legal help.  Other reasons why someone might choose to sue a property owner for personal injury or wrongful death may involve inadequate security, hazardous conditions, improper maintenance, failure to warn of dangers, failure to remedy unsafe conditions, failure to prevent potential accidents despite the foreseeable scenarios, and neglecting to warn about violent crimes that happened on or near the property.

To schedule your free case evaluation with our Charlotte, North Carolina premises liability law firm, contact The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, LLP today.

Boy, 12, drowns in Northampton County sewage lagoon, NewsObserver, March 17, 2012

Authority Finds Body of Drowned Boy, The Daily Herald, March 17, 2012


More Blog Posts: 

Preventing North Carolina Drowning Accidents: CPSC’s Pool and Spa Drain Cover Recall is a Reminder that Entrapment Can Lead to Serious Injuries and Death, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, June 6, 2011

High Point Pool Drowning Accident Claims the Life of Teenager in North Carolina, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, June 22, 2010

Road Where Charlotte, North Carolina Truck Crash that Claimed the Lives of Two Young Brothers Happened Has No Sidewalk, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, February 23, 2012



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