Ark. Jury Awards Woman $3M in Pool Injury Suit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A Garland County jury has awarded a Mississippi woman $3 million in a lawsuit over injuries she suffered in a near-drowning at a Hot Springs hotel in 2006. Hot Springs lawyer D. Scott Hickam says the jury award for Demetrica Quenta Scott was likely one of the largest in county history.

A lawsuit against the Rodeway Inn accused the hotel of improperly maintaining its pool, which the suit claimed was cloudy on July 3, 2006, the day Scott dove in and couldn't make her way to the surface.

For five to six minutes, different people dove into the pool, feeling for Scott, but no one could see her because of the turbidity of the water, the suit claimed.

Others used the shepherd's hook at the pool as a probe, but could not find her. Finally, a visitor from Louisiana, who had just pulled into the parking lot, heard the commotion, hurdled the fence and by luck dove in where Scott was at and brought her to the surface.

Scott suffered serious brain damage and now lives in a nursing home in Greenwood, Mississippi. --- Information from: The Sentinel-Record,

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