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Demi Moore faces wrongful death suit over swimming pool drowning

No one in Reading would be surprised to learn that movie star Demi Moore has a swimming pool at her home in Los Angeles. The most recent news about Moore and the pool might, however, shock a lot of people. The actress has been sued in a wrongful death action claiming that her pool caused the drowning death of a young man while she was out of town.

The body of the young man was found at the bottom of Moore's pool at the conclusion of a party at the residence. At the time, Moore said that she was in absolute shock after learning about the death. The lawsuit initially targeted only the Tree House Trust, which is the legal owner of the property. Moore was not home at the time of the party and was not named as a defendant.

An amendment to the complaint last week added Moore to the case. The amended complaint alleged that the pool was surrounded by rocks that created a tripping hazard and that the water temperature was 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Elevated water temperature can, according to the complaint, compromise brain function and cause disorientation. According to police reports on the drowning, the victim had told other partygoers that he did not know how to swim. He apparently fell into the pool after other guests had left the party.

This case raises a number of issues. What, exactly did Moore do, or fail to do, that caused the drowning? Was the young man partially at fault for going near the pool knowing that he could not swim? Was alcohol involved? Were any accepted standards for the operation and maintenance of home pools violated by Moore or the trust that owns the house? Anyone who has lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to consult one of the experienced accident lawyers at Leisawitz Heller in Reading for an evaluation of the law and facts of the case and fro an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income, loss of companionship and pain and suffering.

Source: New York Daily News, "Demi Moore sued over man's drowning death that occurred in her pool two years ago," Jessica Sager, May 5, 2017

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