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CITRUS HEIGHTS: McKenzie Kinley Died In Swimming Pool Electrocution Accident After Pool Light Malfunctioned At Home On Rusch Road


Jul 17, 2019

McKenzie Kinley Citrus Heights: McKenzie Kinley Died In Citrus Heights Swimming Pool Electrocution Accident After Pool Light Malfunctioned At Home On Rusch Road —> Support The Victim’s Family Through Go Fund Me

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CALIFORNIA (July 17, 2019) – A 9-year-old girl identified as McKenzie Kinley has tragically died in a swimming pool electrocution accident at her father’s home on Rusch Road.

Citrus Heights police are saying that McKenzie Kinley was electrocuted by a malfunctioning pool light. A light fixture in the pool was being repaired at the time of the accident. 

Paramedics rushed to the scene and began performing CPR and other life-saving measures. McKenzie Kinley was transported to the hospital but later pronounced dead due to her injuries. 

The parents of the victim are now speaking out because they don’t want other families to go through the same thing. You can help support the family of the victim by donating to their Go Fund Me page.

How to Prevent Pool Electrocution Accidents

According to one report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 50 people have died and another 50 were seriously injured in swimming pool electrocution accidents from 1990 to 2003. Here are just a few of the measures that you can take to help protect your family from pool electrocutions:

  • Bonding and Grounding: Grounding involves electrically attaching equipment of the ground. If there is a short circuit the circuit break will shut off almost instantly.
  • Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters: A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) monitors the balance of electricity in system and will automatically shut off if there is an imbalance
  • No Electronics: Keep electronics and power cords as far away from the pool as possible.

Electrocution accidents can leave victims with serious injuries and far too often result in death. If you’re unsure about the safety of the pool at your home it’s always best to have an experienced electrician check it out. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for an electrocution accident. 

Liability For Swimming Pool Electrocution Accidents

Companies have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to prevent accidents. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”

This is all the more important when companies must leave the confines of their business location to go work on other properties. If an electrical company is negligent they could potentially face liability in the event of an accident. For example, a company could be held liable for an electrocution if they installed underwater pool lights incorrectly. Incorrectly installed wiring can cause all components of a pool to potentially become energized. 

The family of a victim that died in a pool electrocution accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funereal costs, medical bills and emotional trauma. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case for free and let you know what your legal rights are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with pursuing civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights. 

Investigating A Swimming Pool Electrocution

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of McKenzie Kinley as they are going through such a difficult time. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to their Go Fund Me page. It is our sincere hope that more parents will be aware of the possibility of pool electrocutions. It’s always best to have a professional examine your pool to help make sure that it’s safe. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a pool electrocution you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that safety measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents. Whether you just have questions about your legal rights or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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