Three years after their son suffered chemical burns from a swimming pool at a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, resort hotel, a family is immersed in a contentious lawsuit.
According to the family’s lawyer, Kenneth Berger, the boy is now 6 years old and is still receiving treatments for burns he received while playing in the Caribbean Resort & Villa’s lazy river.
Graphic images included in court documents show undeniable evidence of burns to the boy’s groin and private area.
Following his experience in the resort’s lazy river, the boy spent seven days at the UNC Burn Center, during which time he endured many sessions of painful debridement of burnt, necrotic tissue, according to the complaint.
The boy’s doctor said the cause of his chemical burns was elevated chlorine levels.
The water was tested by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) two days after the boy’s exposure and was as high as 10 ppm at that time. (According to the DHEC, chlorine should be between 1 to 8 ppm).
Compl icat ing the case, Juan Rivera, the resort’s pool maintenance technician, was in charge of reporting and keeping track of chemical levels.
However, Rivera wasn’t working the day that the boy was in the lazy river and actually came back a couple of days later to forge the report on the chlorine and chemical levels, a fact he admitted to and was included as evidence in court documents.
The boy’s mother is seeking past, present, and future damages for medical expenses from the resort, its management company, and Huck’s Pool Company, which was hired by the resort to perform pool maintenance including maintaining safe chemical levels and performing testing.
The defendants deny the charges.
Image credit: Caribbean Resort & Villa’s lazy river.