Teenager paralysed after swimming pool accident sues over inadequate warning signs
Posted by Ben Alexander.
A teenager left paralysed after hitting her head in the swimming pool at her friend's home is suing the girl's father because there were inadequate warning signs.
Kylie Grimes, now 22, who was 18 at the time of the accident, is suing David Hawkins and the management of Frimley Park Hospital, which treated her after the accident in 2006.
Mr Hawkins' daughter, Katie, invited Ms Grimes to take part in a midnight swim in the pool at the Surrey property in August of that year.
After diving in Miss Grimes hit her skull on the bottom of the pool, suffering head and neck injuries.
She was taken to hospital but was left paralysed from the neck down and can now only move with the help of a wheelchair.
Ms Grimes is now suing 54-year-old Mr Hawkins and the management of Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Speaking outside the High Court, where a preliminary hearing was due to take place, James Burton, acting for Mr Hawkins, explained that the case will be based on the allegation that the warning signs at the pool were inadequate, not alerting people that they should not dive, or indicating how deep the water was.
Reports suggest the claim is between £4 and £6 million.
Mr Burton described the case as "no win", saying: "It's not good for anyone - If Miss Grimes wins her case then the homeowner will be made bankrupt. But if she loses, then she gets nothing."
Mr Hawkins and the NHS Trust deny responsibility.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, there are no specific health and safety regulations governing swimming pools.
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