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For those without the space or money for a full hot tub experience, a walk-in whirlpool bathtubs can be the perfect way to relax. After all, it only takes up the same space as you standard shower and tub setup, and can provide the same recuperative effects as a giant outdoor hot tub.
But how safe are they? One woman's family is claiming her walk-in whirlpool bathtub was "unreasonably dangerous and potentially deadly," after she became trapped for two days and died.
Sherry Lynn Cunnison's family is suing the whirlpool bathtub company and the company that installed the whirlpool bathtubs, First Street for Boomers & Beyond, after it failed to drain, trapping her for days. The lawsuit alleges the 67-year-old Cunnison was in her walk-in whirlpool bathtub in February of 2014 when she tried to pull the drain plug to let out the water.
The water failed to drain, meaning Cunnison could not open the door to leave the whirlpool bathtub. Friends found her body two days later.
Along with standard negligence claims, Cunnison's family is alleging the whirlpool bathtubs manufacturer, dealers, and installers failed to warn her of dangerous conditions as required under product liability law. The lawsuit claims
If a walk-in whirlpool bathtubs was improperly designed, poorly manufactured, or lacked proper warnings, the manufacturer could be liable for any injuries or damages. Sellers and installers could also be liable if they failed to warn whirlpool bathtub purchasers of known dangers in owning and operating a walk-in whirlpool bathtubs.
If you've been injured by a defective product, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case.