The Minneapolis Golf Club will pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a 6-year old Edina, Minn. girl who died after being injured last year at the club’s kiddie pool. The St. Louis Park-based club issued a release with the details of the agreement reached with the family of Abigail Taylor, noting that it was supporting “publication of this settlement in recognition of the ongoing need for the public’s education on pool safety.”
While visiting the club’s pool facility in June 2007, Taylor sat on a wading pool drain and a portion of her intestinal tract was suctioned out of her body. She died in April 2008, after undergoing several surgeries. Her case prompted the U.S. Senate to enact new pool safety laws, which ban the manufacture, sale or distribution of drain covers that don’t meet anti-entrapment safety standards. The new laws went into effect in December.
In its release, the club said that because the settlement exceeds its liability coverage, approval was needed from a majority of its voting members, who overwhelmingly voted that the shortfall be covered through bank financing.
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